Create Colour Palettes

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When I'm working on different projects or for different clients I need to use a different colour palette and that colour palette usually comes from a brand guide or similar document.

I would like to screen grab that document and then have SnagIt do the following:

  1. On demand, automatically analyse the document to determine the colours used
  2. Create a custom palette
  3. Allow me to name/save that palette
  4. Allow me to make that palette active and retain that setting across sessions (because I tend to work on a project for several days before moving to another)
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Nice Idea, I voted for it.

However, I think the sun will rise at 3 AM sooner than that feature. That being said. There is a free site for creating color palettes from images. http://www.palettefx.com/

Just upload an image and it creates a pretty good swatch of colors.


You could take a screen shot. Save the swatch.



Keep it in the tray and place it to the side or top of an image for easy access.



Or keep an eye out for that 3AM sunrise?

Regards,Joe
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Paul

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Mid June delivery then, because by then the sun is up at 3 AM here, 4 miles south of Hadrian's Wall!
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Scraping a screenshot for colours has to be easy-peasy doesn't it?  Apart from graded colours, where you'd need to do some sort of proximal colours analysis to figure out the darkest (base) colour.
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Here's another possibility, take that website created swatch.

Use the eyedropper and add the colors One by One to your "My Colors" If your going to use them for days, it's only going to take you a short while to save them.
So at least it could get you there.
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My problem is that on any day I will switch back and forth between projects that use very similar colour palettes.  Mix them up and I will have no clue which is which. :) 
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Have you tried creating a theme? As of Snagit 13.1, you can do steps 2-4 today. The automation of step 1 is a good idea, and I'll share that with the team.
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I vote for this. Having a automated way to make a palette would be a big time saver.

I already make themes for different projects and that makes going back to a project for editing much easier to stick to the brand colors.



When done with that project I export the theme/palette and add it to the projects backup.

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Theme creation is a time consumer though isn't it? And it seems to limit you to just a few colours.  Too few for any theme I have.

When you consider base colours and their mouseover versions, you soon run out, and then you are forced to dump the ones that are less likely to be used..  That's not good because it makes the definition process even more protracted.
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One thing I like to do is to create a small swatch that contains all the colors I need. Then just save that as a stamp. To get the colors easily, I just plop the stamp on an image, then use the eyedropper to sample the desired color from the stamp. With the stamp on the image, it doesn't matter what tool is selected. It's always there.

Cheers... Rick :)
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That would get round the arbitrary limit on Theme colours.  I could put the main colours in a Theme and the secondary in a stamp.  But it's very sub-optimal isn't it.
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Well Paul, we've been requesting dashed lines for shapes for at least 6 years.
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/dashed_outlines_available_for_shapes_in_snagit

I thought that would have been an easy-peasy request to fill as well.

 So far you've got 4 votes, and I'm one of them.

I've seen ideas shot down with a lot more votes than that. Bring back SnagIt Notes.
........... 109 votes.
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/bring-back-the-snagit-notes-output

A feature that actually existed.That must be easier to implement yet.

I vote for ideas, but I have ZERO faith in them being adopted.

That's why I'm a Photoshop Guy.

Photoshop makes color palettes. I'm talking about the inexpensive version.Elements.
You can chose a palette of 1 to 256 colors in total. In this image I chose 100 "I think?"

You can pick up Elements for about $70.
Or pick up the Video Editor/PS as a Combo package for around $100 on sale.

Elements has a learning curve to it.
But it does most of the things SnagIt does better. And so many more things.

I prefer Photoshop CC. It's better overall and has more tools and capability's.    

Learning Photoshop takes time.
First, you pick up the basics.Then, decide what else you want to Do/Learn. Elements is so robust you can learn new tricks for years.

Photoshop is my go to tool because it kicks some serious butt.

SnagIt can capture the heck out of a screen shot. That's mainly what I use it for.

There's nothing wrong with sharing the workload either. You can do some editing in SnagIt and shoot it over to Photoshop. Or the other way around.
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I actually have PS Elements 15 so I will have a play with swatches.  If nothing else it'll allow me to create the stamps that Rick Stone uses.
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OK, so i found swatches in PSE 15.  I loaded a sample image.  I can see it it in the More Options > Swatches, navigator, but how do you get PSE15 to sample the colours, or is this a later release function?
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