How to create a color palette in Procreate using the eyedropper tool

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This post was originally published in September 2016 but I updated it in early 2019 to include a video—and the correct instructions. Derp. Now you’ll know how to create a color palette in the iPad Pro illustration app, Procreate.


Creating a color palette in Procreate from an image is SUPER easy—but only after knowing the one tip that will give you the eyedropper tool.

So you're in Procreate and you want to make your own color palette. Whether you have an image in mind—or even easier—you want to import a color palette from a cool site like design-seeds.com, it’s easy to do.

To summarize, you'll import your photo or image into Procreate, then use the eyedropper tool to create a palette. Here are those instructions in-depth if you need more help.

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Pick an Image for Color Palette Inspiration

I’m using this image from a recent unboxing video I did. I am so hooked on this watercolor palette by Prima Marketing and wanted to create a fresh color palette for Procreate to go along with it.

Prima Marketing tropicals watercolor palette

If you prefer, you can use a color-palette friendly site like design-seeds.com or your favorite site that offers color palettes instead.

design-seeds

Save Your Color Palette to Your Photos

Tap and hold to save your color palette or image to your photos collection.

design-seeds-save

Import the Color Palette into Procreate App

Click on the wrench, then click Insert, then click Import image. Find your image in Photos in your Camera Roll. Tap to select your color palette and insert it in there.

import design seeds image into procreate

Tap and Hold to access the Eyedropper Tool

On the first color, tap and hold with your finger until you get the eyedropper tool to grab the color. Let go, and you'll notice your new color is in the color indicator in the top-right of Procreate. 

tap and hold for eyedropper

Tap and Add Colors to Your Procreate Color Palette

Create a new color palette and once you have each color in the color indicator, tap an empty square in Procreate's color palette, and voilà! You successfully built a color palette from an existing image.

final color palette in procreate

Choose to delete your imported image or keep it in your document by hiding the layer it's on.

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