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Posted 30 July 2003 - 04:32 PM

One of the most difficult things form me is to come up with attractive color palettes for web sites.

Assuming you're not stuck with some set of corporate colors, I have found that color groupings found in hybrid flowers are universally appealing.

I took my digital camera and snapped about 40 different photos of flowers and plants, particularly Hybrid Daylilies, many of which explode in about three major colors and beautiful highlights. Here's an example (Warning, Big File!) http://www.duckbutt....er/DSCN0844.JPG

White, Violet, Lemon Lime and Orange highlights. Sooo pretty.

#2 DianeV

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Posted 30 July 2003 - 05:00 PM

Ooh: 1.2MB.

Quite nice, though. Some of my favorite colors.

#3 Tim McNabb

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Posted 30 July 2003 - 05:14 PM

I warned you that it was big. I'll put up a directory with smaller versions tonight.

#4 DianeV

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Posted 30 July 2003 - 05:25 PM

Not a problem at all (I have cable); I just wanted to mention it for some of the dial-up folks.

The image is gorgeous, though. Did you take the photo yourself?

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Posted 30 July 2003 - 11:31 PM

Ohh yeah beautiful pic and divine colours. Purple and lime green go really well together, especially online where I find vibrant colours in particular work really well.

What an interesting way to come up with a colour scheme for a website.

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Posted 31 July 2003 - 12:22 AM

Fabulous colors. I agree its a great way to come up with a color scheme. So, you're going to direct us to all your "try this color scheme" pics right?

#7 Tim McNabb

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Posted 31 July 2003 - 10:06 AM

I promised a lower-res version, but got sidetracked with other work.

I'll pick out the multicolored ones and post them in the next few days.

Single color flowers don't quite give the palette like these multi-colored hybrids. Funny that.

With a single color (like a Marigold or a Mum), you have the color...and green. Impatiens can give you two, usually white, a color, and green.

I'm enamored of the hybrids because they give great contrasting and complimentary colors. I haven't seen a hybrid yet that I thought "Blech! Who picked those colors???" It's like flowers are genetically predisposed to not be ugly, even when going Pollack with the pigments.

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Posted 31 July 2003 - 12:49 PM

Then again you can always listen to the Pantone people and their trendy color forcasts.

"The overall forecast for 2003 is one of more muted, traditional and classic shades," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.



#9 DianeV

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Posted 31 July 2003 - 01:00 PM

Are you certain that isn't from Vogue magazine? lol

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Posted 31 July 2003 - 01:14 PM

Umm no I don't remember where I found that but I was actually doing research on color schemes yesterday for a client of mine soo... I saw this thread and thought I'd post it here :twisted:

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Posted 31 July 2003 - 01:24 PM

Sorry; I guess my semi-joking reference went over like a lead balloon. Fashion magazines tend to announce "trends" that are based on industry needs -- e.g., new colors/styles/lines twice to four times a year. This sells clothing.

On the other hand, while we can observe trends, and even create some of our own, Pantone would seem to be walking along the same path.

It's not so far-fetched. ;-)

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Posted 31 July 2003 - 05:10 PM

This is a wonderful way to come up with colors. I never thought of this, but now I am going to try. :)

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Posted 31 July 2003 - 08:36 PM

no i got your joke i just wantedto give you a hard time Diane... :lol:

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Posted 31 July 2003 - 09:23 PM

Hey Jazzee welcome to Cre8 :wave:

This is a wonderful way to come up with colors. I never thought of this, but now I am going to try.

It's also a great excuse to always have fresh flowers around. :wink:

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Posted 31 July 2003 - 09:26 PM

Thanks :lol:

#16 Tim McNabb

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Posted 31 July 2003 - 11:08 PM

As promised, hot off the Nikon Coolpix 4500.

These are smaller, but if you click on the thumbnail it will give you a 400x320, enough to sample colors in Photoshop.

http://www.duckbutt....ers/flowers.htm

Check out the bark - how's that for a color pallette of browns?

#17 Jazzee

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Posted 01 August 2003 - 10:25 AM

I added it to my favorites 8)

#18 wanderer

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Posted 01 August 2003 - 07:42 PM

I added it to mine as well. More, more ....

#19 Tim McNabb

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Posted 01 August 2003 - 09:52 PM

Suddenly I fear for my bandwidth...

If anyone does something with these, post a link somewhere with the color scheme.

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Posted 13 August 2003 - 09:19 AM

Hi, i'm new here,

Hey, flower colors, that's a very nice idea!

Have you guys tried to play with the hue settings in photoshop? i've put the flower of the first post in it and played with the hue/saturation settings... guess what? even more beautiful color combinations!

#21 sanity

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Posted 13 August 2003 - 04:22 PM

Welcome to Cre8 lhgm :wave:

I love the hue and saturation tools in Photoshop. They can do some wonderful things.

Can you upload the picture to a server or something so we can see what you did? :P

#22 Tim McNabb

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Posted 13 August 2003 - 04:26 PM

I suspect that the colors would remain highly complimentary, since their attractiveness is based on thier hues relative to each other.

Theoretically then, if you find something you like, but it doesn't mathc your corporate colors, you could hue/sat an image until of the colors (I guess the closest) matches. The others wold remain "complimentary.

I'll have to field test that theory.

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Posted 13 August 2003 - 06:16 PM

Sounds like a good theory to me, Tim.

I'll have to mess with that one too.

Hi lhgm,

Welcome to the forum.

You had me spending more time messing with flowers and hue/saturation settings than I expected to today (or possibly any other day). Neat stuff, though. Thanks.

#24 Black_Phoenix

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Posted 16 August 2003 - 06:56 PM

Hi this site is quite interest for colour variations

http://www.colormatch.dk/

i have another book marked but its 404 at the mo, if it comes back on i'll post that as well

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Posted 19 August 2003 - 02:26 AM

Welcome to Cre8 Black Phoenix. :wave:

Nice site - thanks for the link. Do post the other one when you find it. :)

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Posted 19 August 2003 - 10:33 AM

Hi, thx :D

the other site seems to be constantly down :(

similar type of thing to the colour match site but displays the colour codes as well eg (FF6666)

:)

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 07:47 PM

I was reminded of this thread when I saw an article in Boxes and Arrows titled:

Natural Selections: Colors Found in Nature and Interface Design

By Luke Wroblewski

I've messed with some of Tim's flower pictures, and made some sample sites with different backgrounds, tables, and fonts based upon the flower colors.

This Natural Selection article has a couple of excellent examples of sites developed with natural colors from photos.

Anyone else try this out?

#28 wanderer

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Posted 15 September 2003 - 01:08 AM

I haven't tried using naturally occurring colour schemes, but I am definitely going to go that route when I do my own website (you know, the one I never have time to work on because I'm too busy doing everyone else's?). I have tried a few colour schemes and haven't been happy with any of them. I think this may be the answer.

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Posted 15 September 2003 - 06:11 AM

That's a darn good idea. I had briefly considered using a favorite photo to pick the color scheme for a page, but had never actually done so. Nature colors are a fabulous idea!

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Posted 23 December 2003 - 08:49 AM

Hi Guys,

This might sound like a really strange suggestion, but take a trip to your local DIY store, or a place which sells paint.

My girlfriend wanted to decorate her flat, so she dragged me over to the section with all the paints.

It was there, that I spotted loads of colour charts (especially Dulux).

Apparently, all these charts contain colours that compliment each other.

So, I grabbed a load.

Check them out.

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Posted 23 December 2003 - 01:34 PM

Very nice indeed, both colors and the way to choose them. I think natural colors are really the most attractive, this is the reason.

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Posted 23 December 2003 - 05:48 PM

heres some more good colour scheme links

http://www.pixy.cz/a...y/index-en.html

http://www.meyerweb....ls/color-blend/

E-Z just looked your site (very nice BTW) and spotted a typo, on the "content management system" button. The large graphic has the word system with no E in it...

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#33 TheManBehindTheCurtain

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Posted 26 December 2003 - 10:55 AM

Thanks for all the inspiring links. Here's my favorite:

http://www.webwhirle...ntroduction.asp

F.

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Posted 26 December 2003 - 12:42 PM

and another which might be of interest (just found it in my v unorganised favourites folder)

http://poynterextra....ject/color.html

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 10:00 AM

Creating colour palettes

A blog posting by Andy Clarke (a.k.a Malarky) from a couple months ago that I've only just seen.

Very simple and creative way of coming up with complimentary colour schemes when you've not got many colours to work with!

#36 Arnvid

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 11:56 AM

Thanks, a great link.

Another good tool some maybe don't know is the software ColorCache
http://www.tlhouse.co.uk/ColorCache/

One of the best programs I have found, "FREE for personal, educational and non-commercial use" - and 30 USD for commercial use.

Very small, but highly flexible. Worth looking at as well!

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 12:36 PM

this can be quirky, but worth experimenting with (it's a colour 'picker' for matching palettes)

http://www.colormatch.dk/


auughh-already posted, what a fool am i...

#38 Tim McNabb

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Posted 20 August 2004 - 01:47 PM

I have an array of flowers on my new website that y'all are welcome to look at. I can;t beleive I forgot it for over a year...

http://www.fivehundr...lowerGarden.htm

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Posted 20 August 2004 - 09:00 PM

I was thinking of this idea today when a client wanted a flower type color pallete for thier site funny or not that I would come across a thread for it.

Amazing what you will find on this fourm even if it is a year old.

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Posted 28 March 2005 - 03:26 AM

Hi,
How come I can't access the page...i wanna see the pretty colors too!!!!!



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