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Colours can become hidden within photos. In photos that we take ourselves there will be hundreds and thousands of different colours captured by the film of our cameras ultimately creating the image. With so much dilution of shades its hard to pick out key interesting colours buried within the image. Recently there has been some new tools unleashed into the world to pin point colours within images. Kuler is an internet application from Adobe Systems that lets individuals try out, create and save various colour schemes, each of which consists of a set of five colours. After downloading Switchboard from Adobe Labs, users using the desktop version of Kuler can export a color scheme straight into Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. Alternatively colour codes can be provided to use the colours anywhere.


Here is an example of a colour scheme that can be created on Adobe Kuler by the preset colour laws that can be applied and adjusted to the colour wheel. RGB:

59–64–68

RGB:

230–225–216

HEX:

3B4044

HEX:

E6E1D8

RGB:

255–132–0

RGB:

73–73–72

RGB:

247–242–233

HEX:

FF8400

HEX:

494948

HEX:

F7F2E9


Adobe Kuler also offers the option to upload a image. The system will pick out colours where the user can pick different catagories which will change the outcome of the colour scheme.

The scheme pictured below was generated using the custom setting where the user can select colours themselves from different parts of the image.

RGB:

108–198–230

RGB:

189–180–190

HEX:

6CC6E6

HEX:

BDB4BE

RGB:

147–158–164

RGB:

234–214–85

RGB:

32–63–90

HEX:

939EA4

HEX:

EAD655

HEX:

203F5A


The Kuler presets are as followed: • Colorful • Bright • Muted • Deep • Dark • Custom The preset settings on the system are poor at selecting colour among the entirety of most images. With the custom setting a variety colours can be selected creating a scheme that can be used to interpret the picture as a whole. The down fall of the custom setting is that the colour matching is left to only the human eye and will not fit in with any colour laws that the rest of the settings do follow. The colour law create a colour scheme that will work well together.


Underneath are the custom selected colours from the previous image and the section they were taken from.

RGB:

108–198–230

RGB:

189–180–190

HEX:

6CC6E6

HEX:

BDB4BE

RGB:

147–158–164

RGB:

234–214–85

RGB:

32–63–90

HEX:

939EA4

HEX:

EAD655

HEX:

203F5A


This colour scheme selects colours from the key objects within the photo. Such as the boat, the cranes, the river and the buildings.

RGB:

217–212–219

RGB:

193–151–34

HEX:

D9D4DB

HEX:

C19722

RGB:

242–237–241

RGB:

47–66–34

RGB:

143–76–39

HEX:

F2EDF1

HEX:

2F4222

HEX:

8F4C27


Image of the boat cut out and layed over a colour selected from within it.


Image of the crane cut out and layed over a colour selected from within it. The red was taken from the buildings running along the picture in the background.


The colour scheme here was made out of the different shades of blue from the background of the image.

RGB:

100–122–166

RGB:

35–44–51

HEX:

647BA6

HEX:

232C33

RGB:

56–97–136

RGB:

28–47–75

RGB:

29–42–57

HEX:

386188

HEX:

1C2F4B

HEX:

1D2A39


This colour scheme was created using the Colorful present. The green picked up was from the grass growing in the cracks.

RGB:

95–162–51

RGB:

82–91–99

HEX:

5FA233

HEX:

525B63

RGB:

108–118–140

RGB:

67–75–69

RGB:

217–206–205

HEX:

6C768C

HEX:

434B45

HEX:

D9CECD


Colours were were selected from every element of this image.

RGB:

12–18–8

RGB:

112–87–36

HEX:

0C1208

HEX:

705724

RGB:

129–132–139

RGB:

65–52–13

RGB:

209–195–129

HEX:

81868B

HEX:

41340D

HEX:

D1C381


The colours here are used to portray the dog walking across the background scenary.


This colour scheme was created using the Deep preset. Most of the colours were picked up from the sign. The remaining were from the car headlight.

RGB:

60–107–162

RGB:

244–243–242

HEX:

3C6BA2

HEX:

F4F3F2

RGB:

189–183–193

RGB:

30–38–27

RGB:

163–49–19

HEX:

BDB7C1

HEX:

1E261B

HEX:

A33113


The colour scheme here was custon selected from the background colours of the wall.

RGB:

240–237–244

RGB:

240–237–244

HEX:

F0EDF4

HEX:

F0EDF4

RGB:

240–237–244

RGB:

240–237–244

RGB:

240–237–244

HEX:

F0EDF4

HEX:

F0EDF4

HEX:

F0EDF4


The colours were used to recreate the gradient of the wall using blocks of colour.


Block Colour Interpetation. This publication was made to show the experimentation of how colours can be picked and used from analogue photos.


Created by James Nonhebel – 2013


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Colour Block Interpretation