Finding Color Inspiration and Using it in Titles and Images

Today I’m going to teach you how I find inspiration for the colors that I use on my title pages and images.  Sadly, we do judge a book by its cover, and TPT customers are no different.  I feel like one of the most important things that you need to have for your TPT cover is an eye-appealing cover.  Without it you are leaving money on the table.

In the following video I’m going to teach you how I find inspiration and then use a that specific color palette in my products using a free image manipulation program called GIMP.

You’ll have to cut me some slack that I don’t know my colors very well. I’ll blame it on being male although ignorant is probably the better term. 🙂

Hopefully, you stuck around until the end of the video to check out Pictaculous.  It’s a super easy program that shows you the color palette of any image.  It’s free on the web and can be downloaded as an iOS app too.

3 Responses

  1. Jean March 20, 2014 / 10:10 pm

    Chris… You blog is fantastic! And just what TPTers need. I’m going to read all your posts, because I can still learn a lot, despite hanging around the forums for a year. Like I told you before… I have no idea how you manage to do all that you do, but more power to ya! It seems like you really do a good job at everything you do and you seem to enjoy it too, which is a good thing. To continued success, my friend.

  2. Pat March 22, 2014 / 4:27 pm


    Excellent information on color inspiration. I will be using some of your suggestions in the near future.

    I am hoping your TpT School includes more information on how to use GIMP. I think the program has huge potential but so far I have only been able to figure out how to do a few basics like crating a transparent background and changing pixels. I would like to know where the frame and the chevron background you were working with came from.

    Thanks for all the useful information here and on the TpT forum.

    • Chris Kesler March 22, 2014 / 4:33 pm

      Pat, there are a ton of gimp video tutorials on YouTube. Trust me, I have to use then often.

      The frames and patterns can be purchased from users on tpt or on other websites. Simply search out “frames” or “backgrounds” to get a ton of results.

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