How to Create Palettes and Mix Colors

As a creator, the world is filled with raw potential and exciting ideas, and expressing them in all their brilliance can’t be done without an appropriate artist’s palette of colors. Whether you’re designing new products or patterns, illustrating art pieces or comic books, or sketching your notes and thoughts, the right palettes of colors can help you to keep your tones and moods on target.

Custom color palettes and color mixing are now a core part of Concepts 5. You can definitely use the new color picker to find and recall colors (read about its special vector capabilities here), but it’s also enormously handy to have a palette on hand where you can access or mix your favorites with a touch, so you don’t have to fish around and remember which exact color you last used.

Here’s how you can create custom palettes and mix your own colors in Concepts 5.

The Color Wheel

Tap the circle in the center of the tool wheel (or along the inner edge of the toolbar) to bring up the beautiful Copic color wheel.

Inside the wheel, you’ll notice an eyedropper denoting the color picker, and a star referring to your favorites. These favorites are now stored in palettes which you can customize and add to your canvas for quick access.

You can either tap the star to bring up the Color menu, where you can customize your palettes, or tap-and-hold on the color circle at the center of the tool wheel to go straight to the Color menu without bringing up the color wheel (read about the Color menu below).

The Color Mixer

Below the tool wheel you’ll notice a tab of colors — this is your Color Mixer. Instead of selecting favorites like in previous app versions, you can now customize this bar to display custom palettes. You can scroll through your palettes by swiping left or right.

Create as many palettes as you’d like in the Color menu, and activate as many or as few as you’d like on screen at any time.

If you tap-and-hold on the bar, you’ll notice that your current colors blur together into a gradient, allowing you to choose any shade in between your picked colors. We call this Color Mixing. It’s wonderful for choosing those complementary shades for your projects.

The Color Menu

You can create your own palettes here in this menu.

Your currently selected color is displayed at the top in the circle. Tap the circle to bring up the Copic color wheel inside the menu.

You can also use this circle to drag new colors into your palettes — just tap-hold-and-drag the color circle to the My Palettes menu below.

Notice you can define your color values manually using the Copic, HEX, RGB and HSB entries. If you look closely at these entries, you’ll also see gradients of true colors beneath the RGB and HSB bars. Slide your finger or stylus along the gradients and watch how the Current Color circle changes to match your color.

To create a new palette, tap the Add (+) button on the right side of the My Palettes block. You can make as many palettes as you’d like. To delete or name or share a palette, tap-and-hold it.

You can add up to 8 colors in each palette. To add a color from the Copic color wheel, tap-and-hold the color, then drag it to the palette. If you use the sliders to find a color, tap-and-hold the Current Color circle and drag it to the palette.

You can rearrange your colors on your palette as well. Tap-and-hold to select a color, and drag it into its proper spot among your palette colors.

Tap any palette to activate it and access it from the main canvas. As you scroll through the mixer, your palettes will appear in the order your tapped them in.

The final area on the Color Menu carries your Dynamic Palettes. These shift according to which color you have active at any given time. Analogous, Monochromatic, Complementary, Shades, Triads, and your Most Used Colors are all useful to have on hand — choose which are most helpful to you and activate them into your color mixer on the main screen.

Pro Tip: One of the more helpful dynamic palettes is Most Used Colors — handy when creating palettes from colors you’ve mixed on the main canvas. If you find you’re using a mixed color more often than not, come back to the colors menu, find it from your Most Used Colors, and add it directly into your palette.

Syncing Colors Between Devices

If you sign up for a free Concepts account, your color palettes will automatically sync between your devices. As you create palettes on one device, they will update live on your other devices. Since you can create unlimited palettes, you’ll always have the colors you need on hand.

You can learn about live sharing your color palettes between accounts here.

We hope you enjoy the versatility these colors and palettes can give you as you create your projects and designs.


The Concepts Team

For a live view of creating color palettes, mixing colors and other features, watch our Concepts 5 Deep Dive tutorial on YouTube.