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Unified Color Palette Tutorial by Cpresti Unified Color Palette Tutorial by Cpresti
A tutorial on how to make a unified color palette, aka how to make colors look good next to each other. Not a lot of people understand how color works, and while this isn't the end-all be-all, it certainly helps when you're stuck.

Thanks for looking! :D
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cafenitro Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2019
So awesome.  I've actually done this from time on my own (adding orange or yellow to all colors to unify), but I never realised the full potential until I saw Kenny Harris' paintings and he mentioned it somewhere; so I had to look up what a unified pallet was.  Since he's one of my favorite artists and the impact is so obvious in his work I'll definitely be using this technique from now on.
EonIllustration Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
HO-ly SHIT! It works! Thanks, man! So helpful!
hikarisama Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are a wizard.  this is amazing and super helpful, thank you!!
WhiteKitsuneKnight Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017  Student General Artist
thank you so much; I am so easily confused by palettes, and you just blew my mind
CressLuna Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
This is a golden trick and yet so simple!
Thank you for taking the time to put this together. 
rizal12345 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
thank you, this is actually worth more than $800. hope you can get something worth more than that because of this kind act. +favlove 
Pyroshi Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never thought color unification could be so simple. owo This is awesome, thank you! Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) 
Frappe7 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016
wow, i never realized colors can be unified this way, thank you!
mabiesison Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are a saint boigenesislovesyouplz 
aurenbunni Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I am gonna use this 100% of the time....
yoyoes Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gaahh! I've always had trouble with finding the right colors, but this tutorial has helped me tremendously! It was so useful!
Thank you so much for this!
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CityPound Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
woah wtf you're a genius. I took a color theory class at an art college and this helped me %10000000 more
MrAnonArtist Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
can i ask u how added a new color to the paint (mixed them)? I'm using Sai and idk how to get those colors and I've tried using every tool to find that way ):
divakitty704 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This is a beautiful tutorial! I'll try this method when I color my next piece of artwork~
ChikaZuri Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my God, it's so simple and yet, I've never been able to figure that out before! 
Susensd Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :D!
Zerucune Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this. I tried for years to learn this but never succeded.
This is awesome *-*
shiversj Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist
wow!!! (finally ariel happened to me) *O* now i can start my coloring. This is the best tutorial in coloring I've encountered so faaaaaaaar!!! It's like biology (punnett square) but very easy hohohoho!! thank you very much
Hexagonce Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think words can express my gratitude ヾ(*´∀`*)ノ
EmpiricaMurgalicious Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is super useful, thank you very much!
Meeweeda Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Very helpful! Thank you!
Aerite Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial! I'm pretty bad with colours. I just pick randomly lol. 
ussa23 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"simply add a new color to each of them"

why exactly that orange color ? and how can I select the right color if my palette(red , blue , orange) ?
Nishra Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know much about proffessional art, but I would go with how you feel the tone of your piece will be. a bit sad or depressing? use blue, firey/passionate? reds/oranges Bright and happy yellow/light green ect, just how you think would fit the tone of your piece best (hope I helped!)
MrJmZack Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, I will keep this handy for my future artistic endeavors. Cheers!
Remember2fly1 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student General Artist
This is probably the most helpful color tutorial I've ever seen. I don't know how many times I've seen tutorials just give you the color wheel and expect you to know how to pick colors from there. So, good job!Hug 
Oddeum Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! This is so helpful!
Been trying to unify my palette for years and I had a suspicion it was something like this, but I was too afraid to experiment on an inked drawing. Thanks again!
Dri-Bee Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
*must find this "color balance tool"? 
RoxiiReaper Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ctrl + B 
Dri-Bee Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh? Hmmm, i will give it a try I suppose. Thanks for the tip! 
dominekkas Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is definitely useful to many! Great for spreading word!
Da-Greyman Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student General Artist
So use to black and white, this really helped me out, thanks!
AndromedAno Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this!
Mirantmir Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
this is helpful for everything,

like literally everything.
un-machined Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now THIS is helpful. Thanks!
YuizaYomiya Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
It's so helpful!!Thank you :333
Tophlet Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderfully helpful, thank-you!
DisturbingGreen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015   Artist
Thank you so much for this wondrous thing woa
its so succinct and simple and yet it helps so much!
sarkiya Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Student
Completed, thank you so much!
leepotron77 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Thank you! This I feel has been my biggest issue when trying with trying to understand color! And unlike books and all the other shit I've looked at, you make it clear and uncomplicated!
Remiaro Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student General Artist
This helps a lot :D I was having troubles drawing a rainbow character.
Kannraa Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh, thank you for the palette tutorial!!! This is very helpful and I will definitely begin doing this and taking this into consideration when coloring!!!
Meowmeowgirlx Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this was great! this tutorial just solved my lifelong problem orz xD thank you so muuuuch!! *bigfathug* haha
blessedmuzic Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist
great tutorial!!! really helped :D
Kamihanaki Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is really helpful! I struggle with color schemes so I'll keep this in mind next time I'm coloring
Joaquinadr Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Simple and clear---Great
RachBurns Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so very VERY much for this! :hug: I can choose the flat colors without trouble but it's always been trouble to find the ones that work with it. This should help SO very well.
Checkmateing Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Gonna try this very soon
kristieblaze Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
PetiteBubu Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So useful! I've always wondered how to choose colors harmoniously :dummy:
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