With the unlimited possibilities of color selection in Photoshop, it’s really easy to get lost.
I start with only about 3-4 colors (I personally mix colors directly on whatever I’m working on). I limit the colors for two reasons:
- It keeps me from going too color-crazy.
- When done right, it forms a subtle sense of unity between the colors.
Unless it’s a black and white or 2-color image, I use a variation of each primary color. The specific choices come down to the mood I want to communicate.
Here’s an example palette. Feel free to use!
I bring my brush opacity down, usually anywhere between 12% and 56%. Using my base colors, I go over one color with another.
I then go over these new colors with each other and the original colors, varying in brush opacity.
Eventually, I have a palette like this.
It’s an interesting and diverse range of colors without fumbling around the color picker.
As an example, in How Cats Find Their Way Home, you can see the amount of base colors compared to a selection of all of the colors.