Adobe shows off new color palette experiment for Illustrator

Adobe today used the OFFF festival in Barcelona to show off an experimental feature for its Illustrator vector drawing application. The basic concept here is to allow Illustrator users to easily test with color palettes based on photos and other images. That makes it incredibly simple to create brand-new variations of an existing drawing, based on real-life color palettes from an illustration.

For now, though, this is only what Adobe likes to call a “sneak,” that is, an experimental feature that the company plans to bring to its applications but that hasn’t quite reached the production level yet.

Some of these features eventually will become part of their respective Creative Cloud app, some won’t. This test, however, seems beautiful straightforward, so I would be surprised if it didn’t end up in one of the next versions of Illustrator. Extracting a color palette isn’t all that rigid, after all. Indeed, with Adobe Color, the company already offers a standalone equipment that can do just this. The trickery then is to match those palettes to the existing drawing. It’s rigid to tell how well that currently works, but at least in Adobe’s demos, it’s a beautiful seamless experience.


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