Many artists, and indeed the vast majority of designers, use digital programs to illustrate images, and the new Playful Palette project from Adobe Research aims to make those digital painting experiences more user-friendly. The system is meant to more closely reflect traditional, physical paint palettes while also offering the benefits of digital technology.
Modern painting programs typically use the familiar color circle to let artists pick their hues. While that system has its benefits, it lacks the tactility and creativity of a traditional paint palette. That's not to say that traditional palettes are perfect; they are messy, decisions made on them can't be undone, and it's easy to lose colors from session to session. The Playful Palette system aims to combine the best aspects of both systems: it has an infinite memory, so no colors get lost, and it lets artists creatively blend colors at their whim to find the perfect hue and shade.
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