Digital Colors for Landscapes

One of the most fantastic aspects of painting digitally is the seemingly unlimited variations of paint colors. This can also be a curse when trying to find just the right color. As a result, I continually build libraries of colors by sampling from various available sources. Online color selectors, pantone charts, and photos can all be great places to find colors. You can save the sources in a folder to sample from when the need arises, or you can sample the colors and save them in the Photoshop swatch library. Here are some sample colors from my library that will all work very well when painting plants or landscapes.

Just slide the image off into Photoshop and sample away. Give the colors a try on your next tree or flowering bush.


2 Comments so far

  1. José October 13th, 2009 7:12 pm


    I’ve never used Photoshop or any similar program.
    Can one mix these colours, be it in equal parts or not, and the will the program come up with the “expected” result ?

    Best regards,


  2. Ed October 13th, 2009 9:14 pm

    Hi José,
    You can create whatever color you like in Photoshop, but you cannot really mix colors together the way you suggest. Corel Painter, on the other hand, does have a palette mixer that will allow you to mix colors just as you would traditional paints, and the results seem to be quite accurate. In another ColorSketches article, I discuss the Painter color mixer briefly. Here is a link to that post for you.

    If you are a traditional artist interested in trying digital painting for the first time, Corel Painter is my recommendation. The different media types behave very similarly to their traditional counterparts. They feel even more natural if you have a pressure sensitive tablet. Here is a link to the Painter website, and they do have a free trial so you can see if it is right for you.