Make custom color palette for digital painting. This tutorial shows you how to create a color palette in Photoshop to increase workflow for digital artists. The tutorial shows you how to make different kind of palettes to suit your need. You can scroll down further to my personal palette.

Color palette is really important in conceptual design. It can invoke your emotion in many ways. Color has effect on your mood. You can use selective color to communicate with the audience. Most cool color family will calm you down. If you use more intense color in the warm side you use, you can create sense of excitement in action scene.

This a response to one of the most asked questions about Palette setting
Q: I was wondering, in your Photoshop tutorials you have this palette thing; what is that?
I could really use it. Is it a download or what?

Q: I was also wondering how you made your little palette that I see you use in all the tutorials?

Q: I also noticed you often have a color palette at the edge of the screen and wondered if you could talk a little bit about how you go about setting that up.

A: This video tutorial will show you guys how to make Palette. It is just a layer in Photoshop that I made up for my own reference.

If you are using photoshop for digital illustration, manga, anime and comics then watch the tutorial. If you use custom color palette in stead of HSB scale, it will save you a lot of time when painting. Here is a Color Palette for download and you can tweak them as you like and make them however you like. The way I made it over here is very similar to my traditional oil painting palette I use.
What I have here are useful for gray scale because I have from white to gray to black so that I can easily pick the actual value I want. The I have blobs of my favorite to use skin-tone and its accent. And I have in the bottom, the color that I use most goes from warm and cool on each opposite end.

Xia's color palette 2010

Xia's color palette 2010

Right click to “save” the palette.

Here are some questions from viewers:
(Again, I will try to response all the questions I recieved. I apologize if I cannot answer to them all at once, but I will make sure to get to all of them little at the time and will try my best to cover all aspect.) 🙂

Q: I’ve been wondering is where do you get inspiration for your poses? I’ve been having trouble recently creating any interesting pictures because I cannot move from just the flat head-on picture
Q:I am getting better, but I am bad at making life like poses. They’re all stiff.

A: As for poses you can practice drawing many many times from life model (street, train, coffeeshop, or college or private art local life-drawing session)…you have to be quick and do a lot. Don’t be discorage drawing from life, it takes time to perfect. Just keep up the drawing and you have to enjoy the process and learn from it. Or from reference pic. Process is the key once you nail it down the result will follow.

Q: And how do you make such straight lines?

A: use your should or elbow as a pivot point when you draw, not your wrist. Practice using big arch of your body to draw line, straight, curve. Also be decisive and stable when execute. Practice make perfect!

Q: So would it be possible to include an art gallery of static images of your work?

A: Yes, I could do some. Though most of the quick sketch I do for 5 mins tutorial are not as pleasing for me to look at. 😛 I will post them as long as they live up to my standard but I will post them more.

Q: Oh and one other thing, would you mind posting some of your artwork in a JPG format of some bigger size?

A: Sure I did it on the Cloverfield Monster and I will do more of that. Thanks 🙂

Make custom color palette for digital painting

About The Author
- Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Business Inquiry please e-mail me.