First, I have to offer my sincerest apologies for the terrible joke in the headline of this post. It’s not funny and it’s never been funny, but this post involves Greece and it’s the law.
We wrote some time ago about a website called Kuler that generates color palettes from photos. Nerd Herd member and friend of IBD Amy Ford turned us on to another site, www.degraeve.com/color-palette, that does something similar. I decided to use this site to generate a color palette for the program guide for the NAI International Conference in Greece, which starts in just two days.
As any designer should when letting the computer do his work for him, I started with an idea of what I was looking for. I found a photo that I considered iconic of the Greek coast, where the conference will be held, then let this website suggest some color palettes. (This can easily be done in Photoshop with the eyedropper or color sampler tools, but it’s always interesting to try out new resources.)
Of course, I didn’t accept the website’s palettes as gospel. I started with two colors from the “vibrant” option and made one a little darker and the other a little lighter to increase contrast. The result is a palette that is consistent with my original vision and appropriate to the region where the conference will be held, while also serving the basic design needs in terms of contrast and legibility.
See the result in the thumbnail page image posted here.
How to do it: The DeGraeve Color Palette Generator asks you to enter the URL of an image. To do this, find a photo online, then control-click (on a Mac) or right-click (on a PC) on that photo. Depending on the browser you’re using, you’ll get an option like “View Image” or “Open Image in New Window.” When you select this option, your browser will open the image in its own window. The URL that appears in your address bar is what the color palette generator is looking for.
Paste the URL in the field on the DeGraeve website and click “Color-Palette-ify!”