Episode 119: Get your Palette!

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This is a short show about how to extract the colours out of an image and put them into a palette. The next version of GIMP will allow the export of the palettes in a lot of designer and programmer friendly ways.

There is a sound problem with this video. I had massive clicking in the sound file. I got a fair amount of it removed, but now I sound like I had recorded it in an empty trash can.

David Gowers made some very good comments about this show below. I pull them up here:

“That ‘new color from FG’ button you use is good for something (i’m not sure what). However I have to say, in the context in which you were using it, it would have been more appropriate IMO to use the ‘add to palette’ option of the eyedropper (then you just click with the eyedropper once to add a color to the active palette. If you have selected a color in the palette, the new color will get added to the right of that color (and will become the new active color).
Dragging rather than clicking will update the color as you move the cursor, and you can release the mouse button when you are happy with the color you have (which will be the one now stored in the palette).

AFAIK, the reason you cannot edit the color name is because you have not selected a palette entry by clicking on it.”

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9 thoughts on “Episode 119: Get your Palette!

  1. Thanks for that I’d not found the pallet feature before.

    Can anyone point me towards any tutorials on how to recolour a picture so that it only includes colours from a pallet?

  2. That ‘new color from FG’ button you use is good for something (i’m not sure what). However I have to say, in the context in which you were using it, it would have been more appropriate IMO to use the ‘add to palette’ option of the eyedropper (then you just click with the eyedropper once to add a color to the active palette. If you have selected a color in the palette, the new color will get added to the right of that color (and will become the new active color).
    Dragging rather than clicking will update the color as you move the cursor, and you can release the mouse button when you are happy with the color you have (which will be the one now stored in the palette).

    AFAIK, the reason you cannot edit the color name is because you have not selected a palette entry by clicking on it.

  3. Rolf, I think you mean like to use:
    Colors -> Map -> Pallette Map
    or when converting an rgb image to an indexed image:
    Image -> Mode -> Indexed… and then selecting a custom palette if you wish so

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