Creating Custom Color Palettes for Your Designs

Jim Sadler is a former university professor of computer graphics and a freelance designer. He is currently offering his services as a consultant within the industry. He brings together his expertise in design, computer graphics and industry-related technologies with his ability to communicate through teaching, technical assistance and of course through writing for A&E Magazine. Jim can be reached by e-mail at His web address is

Most of us apply color to a line or outline and/or to the interior of closed shapes. A color palette is like a font menu. When your color palette refuses to play nice with your project, all you have to do is mix your own colors. It is possible then to save your colors to an existing palette or even create custom palettes for your jobs. I usually save all the trials that led me to the final solutions and sometimes return to a color used in an earlier version. When a job is complete, it’s not a bad idea to make notes of the CYMK values of each of the final colors. 

—Jim Sadler