Adobe research team offers a more playful way to mix colors digitally



The playful palette of Adobe Research is a prototype digital tool that allows users to merge blocks of color together as if they were working with real paint.

The tool is based on research into how artists work in traditional mediums - and the gaps they experience with digital counterparts.






The team began to create a user interface that could reproduce variations in a physical palette, with the ability to mix colors and compare combinations of shades.

"Choosing and composing colors is a critical part of any painting process," said the Adobe research team of Maria Shugrina, Jingwan Lu and Stephen Diverdi in an article on the subject.

"We conducted a pilot study that revealed that artists interact with their pallets several times per minute, and many interactions, such as exploring color harmonization, are not well handled by breeders Of digital colors ".


The Adobe research team explains how Playful Palette mimics the physical experience of the paint mix in this video.

The play palette is designed in contrast to the usual sliders or samples on which several applications depend. Instead, it allows adding color dabs, moving them, mixing them with other colors or completely deleted them. The drops are moved by touching and dragging, to remind the tangibility of the actual paint and paper.

A ring surrounds the palette and records a history of nuances used - allowing the user to easily return to them. Whole colors can also be selected and exchanged for new ones, which allows to update all the details of one image at a time. Playful Palette can also record an infinite number of "dishes".


"Suppose an artist paints a life with a vase and fruit," added the team, who can not comment on whether Adobe intends to incorporate this into its software. "Even if the scene is set before him or her, painting involves more than reproducing colors."

The Joto Drawing Robot also blurs lines between the precision of the digital world and the tangibility of real life, using a robotic arm on a whiteboard to draw everything from illustrations to shopping lists.