Fastest way to get a color scheme for a project

Written by Jeff Harrison
May 24, 2013

I tend to design projects around the dominant hues found in the bitmaps used in that particular project.

Put down that Twinkie and pay attention! I once charged huge sums for this info. CorelDRAW might still have a bit of a bad reputation due to some of the early users who felt compelled to have every hue in the default palette – in each design! Buck that eyeball-jabbing trend by staying classy  – work with a limited range of hues instead.

In X5 or later, create a new blank palette in advance. Drag & drop a bitmap to that palette. A dialog shows.

See the fictitious samples below to get a feel for how vector elements in the design use hues extracted from the bitmap found in the same project.

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  1. The Author

    That's a VERY cool bit of information. I've been using CD forever and never knew about this. Thanks! Makes me wonder what other neat tricks CD is hiding!


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Jeff Harrison

Jeff Harrison is a media "Jack-of-all-trades", familiar with most of the major media applications on the Windows platform. Whether it's 2D/print, 3D, audio, video, or web-related - he's working on mastering everything that comes his way. He's a past Alpha and Beta tester for Corel, and has instructed students from all over the world. He runs the popular site, the #1 place for CorelDRAW macros. Also check out his youtube page, and his gallery at

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