My Secret for Color Schemes

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  1. Erica Schoonmaker Erica Schoonmaker

    Secret to cohesive color schemes: pick a bunch of colors you want to do (purple, blue, etc like you did here), then pick an overall color (let's say orange, for playfulness) that you want to tint everything towards... Overlay the "overall color" (or soft light, or whatever blending mode depending on if you want darker or lighter colors) and play with the opacity till you get something you can work with.

    I did #FF9C00 set to Overlay and opacity set to 25% over your original choices to get this scheme.

    In case you haven't noticed, there's now a video tutorial going a little bit more in-depth on this technique on Method & Craft! Check it out here.

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  2. Manolo Sañudo Manolo Sañudo

    Okay that's pretty damn smart.
    Thank you!!!

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  3. Adam Polselli Adam Polselli

    This is super clever.

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  4. Erica Schoonmaker Erica Schoonmaker

    Thanks, guys! I hope it's useful to you.

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  5. Mitch Bartlett Mitch Bartlett

    I don't know why or how, but this just works.

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  6. Rogie King Rogie King

    Erica, you're my hero.

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  7. Ryan Rushing Ryan Rushing

    Wow. Just goes to show, we can always learn something new. Thanks Erica!

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  8. Brian Benitez Brian Benitez

    You're a genius :)

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  9. Collin Allen Collin Allen

    That's really clever! I will use this all over the place.

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  10. Adam Michela Adam Michela

    Interesting approach. Thanks for the tip!

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  11. Max Fellmuth Max Fellmuth

    Thank you! :)

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  12. Peter Faarup Peter Faarup

    Very nice tip Erica! An interesting way to find color schemes :)

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  13. Aaron McAuley Aaron McAuley

    Madam, you have just fixed the internet.

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  14. Kuba Stanek Kuba Stanek

    Thanks a lot!

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  15. Sean Duran Sean Duran

    Coming from a video background, this makes perfect sense. It's similar to color correcting/grading your footage. Amazing!

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  16. Tom Oude Egberink Tom Oude Egberink

    That is a really nice tip. Gonna use this!

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  17. Craig Rozynski Craig Rozynski

    Great tip. Leaving Saturation and Brightness the same while adjusting Hue is another simple way to create cohesive colour schemes.

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  18. Juan Gomez Juan Gomez

    totally will use it from now on.

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  19. Aidan Hornsby Aidan Hornsby

    That's an awesome tip, thanks for sharing Erica :)

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  20. Giorgio Lefeber Giorgio Lefeber

    Smart move!

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  21. Joey Rabbitt Joey Rabbitt

    Nice idea

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  22. Joel Drapper Joel Drapper

    That's a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Kalok Yeung Kalok Yeung

    good find!

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  24. Mike Puglielli Mike Puglielli

    Its certainly a novel idea, but it tends to make the colors muddy...perhaps that's just me...

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  25. Hanno Hanno

    Indeed a great tip. As Sean Duran, I've done quite a lot of video stuff in the past and learned this trick while doing compositing and grading. The mediums are connected! :)

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