Shutterstock has long provided designers -- both hobbyists and professionals – with access to world-class imagery to use in their designs. However, did you know Shutterstock also provides an image editor that not only helps you integrate bright, dynamic photos into your layout, but also incorporates additional color for a fresh, exciting look?
This graphic design tool allows you to place multiple pops of color throughout your canvas. Whether you wish to add more color to your background, into shapes, or onto text, Shutterstock Editor can get you there with just a few clicks of a button. Here is a quick rundown of how to use color in your Editor design.
If you prefer a solid color as your background, Editor’s easy-to-use graphic design tool simplifies the process. Move your cursor to the left side of the screen onto the canvas toolbar and click on the third button down. It’s noted with a square containing diagonal lines. Once you've clicked this, a drop-down panel menu will show up with a color tab at the top. Click it and rows of preset colors will pop up from which you can choose.
Don’t see what you want? Click the plus sign at the bottom left for more options. This will bring up a panel with all the colors available on the image editor, blending from one to another in a single space. Click on the shade and hue you prefer. If you have a web color code, you can input it in the window at the bottom. To match a color that you already have on your canvas, click on the eyedropper tool on the bottom right, place it over the color you wish to use, and click once again. This will immediately change your background to match it perfectly.
Once you have chosen a shape, select it on the canvas to bring the object toolbar into view at the top of the screen. Click the first button, signified with a single, solid circle, to see a panel menu of all the preset colors. Simply click the color you want and the shape will be filled. Click on the custom tab to see all colors in their varying shades and hues. Once again, you will have the option of placing a specific color code in at the bottom, or using the eyedropper tool for a specific match. The image editor allows you to alter the transparency level of the color by clicking on the fourth button from the left and choosing a preferred opacity.
Alter the color of your text by selecting the layer, which will bring the text toolbar up along the top of the screen. Midway through you will see a button with a solid black circle. Click this to view the drop-down panel menu of preset and custom colors. As with the others, you can place a web code or use the eyedropper tool when on the custom tab. Choose the color you prefer and it will immediately change your text to that option. The drop-down menu will remain in view, allowing you to test assorted colors on your text with ease.
No matter what you’re designing, always keep in mind that color is an important creative tool. Check out Shutterstock Editor to see all the ways it can help you with your creative projects.