Fall colors

Fall in Love with Inspiring Autumn Colors

Jennifer Foy has over 12 years of experience using Adobe Photoshop. She has received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Her years of teaching experience include numerous software and design classes in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, QuarkXPress, Freehand and InDesign for Colleges in Atlanta, Georgia; and Louisville, Kentucky. Jennifer is currently working as the Creative Director and Universal Woods with the Unisub and Chromaluxe brands. Jennifer can be reached by email at jenniferf@unisub.com.

The seasons are a great source for color palette ideas. The changing colors of leaves in the fall and pumpkins and seasonal vegetables provide hues that can inspire. Popular holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving are special occasions for many and create an opportunity to present your customers with personalized creations.

It can be difficult selecting colors to start a project, especially a seasonal piece. Here is a list of fall hues with image associations to get your juices flowing. For shades of burgundy and deep red, don’t go too dark, but think of a red wine shade. Bright colors are usually associated with summer or spring seasons, so stick with warm shades of orange. Sunflowers and squash vegetables provide nice values of a gold tone.

If you need a lighter shade than gold, stay away from blinding yellows. For fall hues, a pale yellow reminiscent of yellow cake or meringue dessert will hit the spot.

Brown can be associated with dirt, yet taking a look at many fall leaves will have you thinking differently.

For that perfect green, stay away from the lime variety. Aim for an olive green, deep forest green or even the color of zucchini. Rust provides a nice variance to brown—similar in darkness, but with subtle tints of red, creating the depth you are looking for. The red clay dirt of a baseball infield works nicely.

If you want to use a regal shade of purple, an eggplant is sure to fit. The exterior of this vegetable provides a very rich and deep shade of purple that works well with other seasonal hues. Remember, the best way to know if a color or group of colors works well is to test it.

—Jennifer Foy, Unisub