Anna D'Addario

May 5, 2020
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May 5, 2020
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If you have ever designed anything, whether a graphic poster, the branding for a client, or an illustration, chances are that you’ve had to deal with colors.

And we know how tricky it can be, sometimes even painfully frustrating, to create the perfect color palette.

You begin to ask yourself..

What do I want to communicate with my illustration?

Where is the billboard taking place?

How will the color change once that the cover for the editorial piece will be printed?

Those are all questions you should consider, and quite frankly, are very important for good design. And for this reason, we recommend to always start with some research. Find out what you really want to create and achieve with your design.

Once you have done your research and answered all the questions, it’s also a good idea to first start with a limited color palette, and then explore more combinations such as playing with opacity and saturation.

We have already collected some of the top websites that will help you improve your designs, but one of the easiest way to choose the right colors is to find inspiration from some online tools that provide amazing in-fashion color combinations like:

But, how do you create a color palette in Vectornator?

Using the Vectornator’s Color Blending, it’s super simple to create a color palette in a few seconds. The blend options remove the guesswork involved in selecting different color values for your design palette.

Let's see how to do it to do it step by step:

Step #0

Begin with the idea.

For instance, if we want to design a nice pattern illustration on the benefits of a positive mood, we would go for happier, more vibrant colors like fuchsia, yellow or electric blue. We will then need to have some colors in contrast to maybe drive our audience to a specific section of the illustration or a shape combination.

Step #1:

Start by opening the Color Picker and choose the first color for your palette.

Type directly into the hex editor

Step #2:

Activate the Shape Tool inside the Action Bar, then drag your finger/pencil or mouse to make a rectangle. To turn your rectangle into a square hold a second finger on the canvas or the Shift button on your keyboard.


Step #3:

Duplicate the shape by activating the Duplicate Mode or hold the Alt button on the keyboard. Let the left one be the desired color for your palette and make the last color on the right white.

Select all the five shapes and open the Color Picker Card by tapping the Color Fill. Then scroll down till the Color Blending section and tap the Blend Horizontally button.

Don’t forget that you can apply the Color Blending also to objects displayed vertically or blend back to front with overlapped elements.

color blending

Step #4:  

Once you have defined your 5 colors, save them in your Personal Vectornator Color Palette by selecting each shape and then tap on the “Plus” you see right below the Color Wheel.

Don’t be afraid to play with colors!

The most effective way for us designers to improve our design & color relationship is to keep exploring and experimenting. We can work with a limited color palette of 3-5 colors and then increase the complexity by using up to 10 different colors for a complex illustration.

Feel free to mix and match weird color combinations, because you need to make sure that your colors follow the context and purpose of the design.

Research, try, fail, and try again is the only way to succeed!


Share your designs with us, we would love to see what our awesome community is up to! ♡

In case you missed our latest Tips and Tricks Article about The Pen Tool in Vectornator, go to take a look!

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