Tuesday, 4th Aug 2009
For a while now, The photos in the gallery have been accompanied by colour scheme suggestions, supplied by Adobe Kuler.This worked well but meant I had to manually tag the photos using machine tags in Flickr with whtaver colour first came into my head when looking at the image. Which, when uploading a large batch, became quite tedious and frustrating. EDIT: The colour schemes are now powered by the awesome Colourlovers!
But now… it is all automatic, thanks to a little bit of clever PHP code. So when you view photos such as this one, you’ll see the 10 most common colours from that photo extracted and listed out. And what’s more, you can also download an Adobe ACO swatch file of those colours to use in Photoshop.
Currently, the scheme suggestor takes the 5th (as in the ‘middle’) colour from the range and gets scheme suggestions based on that. It’s not ideal but is OK for now - it will however become something more jazzy whereby you click on a colour to get the scheme suggestions, which will be much more focused.
In fact, this new element to Urban Dirty has spawned another side project - which takes the colour schemeing a step further, take a peek at ColorSuckr, you might like it. I aim to get a few of the features from there over to this site very soon.
So I’m happy, you’re happy and we can get on with more textures…