In my last post, I introduced you to the idea of easily expanding the color range of a basic color palette by using the Mosaic filter in Photoshop. Now, starting with that expanded palette, we’ll take it to another level to create The Confetti Wave Palette! And when we’re done, I’ll show you some of my favorite ways to use this super-fun new version.
Let’s start with a new palette, with a sneak preview:
Note: As with all my graphics tutorials, I’m using Adobe Photoshop CC 2014. Many paint programs, including Photoshop Elements, have all the tools needed for this project. I used Layers, Blend Modes, filters Pointillize and Wave, and the Layer Mask and Gradient tools (optional).
While each step in this tutorial is simple, there are quite a few steps, so let’s get right to it.
Now that your palette is waving hello, you can just stop right here. But if you really want to add that party atmosphere, add some confetti!
Step 3: Pointillize (a.k.a. confetti-ize)!
Step 4: Soften the edges of the confetti.
Now, repeat the Step 4 process, but make the gradient from the bottom up this time.
Step 5: Blend the confetti layer with the wavy layer beneath.
Tip:If you’re liking the colors you’re getting with a particular Blend mode, but the overall effect is too harsh, try adjusting the Opacity of either (or both) of the wavy-palette layers.
Once you’ve settled on a Blend mode, you’re done! Isn’t that fun?
Bonus round: Now to see what we can do with our palette-in-a-party-mood: I’m going to start by enlarging it a little, to position the wavy stripes closer to one side.
Notice how this change alters where the gradient is at the top?
Finished! Now to do something fun with our party-in-a-palette!
Tip: If you find that the background is competing a little too much with the text or whatever you put on top of the background, try changing the opacity of the background, or experiment again with the Blend modes of the palette layers.
How can you use your Confetti Palettes?
Title screens for YouTube videos;
Backgrounds for photo book covers; party invitations, etc.
If you keep your resolution at 150 ppi or better, you can print your palettes and cut them in strips to make bookmarks
Incorporate them into scrapbooking projects and découpage;
Make your own party invitations and greeting cards.
This type of design is also well suited to custom fabric designs— this confetti design would work particularly well for children’s clothing and art quilting designs.
I’m anxious to see what you’ll do with your own Confetti Palettes, so post your comments and links here!
How am I putting this tutorial to use? Ever since I came up with this party-palette tweak, I’ve been applying it to a lot of the palettes in my catalog on Shutterstock; you can look at all I’ve uploaded so far right here.
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