There are many ways to format and display floral images. In this post I want to look at a technique for isolating a flower and then placing the flower image on a background based upon the rules of color theory.
The first step is to take a photo of a flower that is sharp and which stands out from its background. This makes it easier to cut the flower out of the background. There are many ways to select an element of an image and separate it from the background. The technique for doing that is beyond the scope of this post.
Now that you have an isolated image, import it into the Adobe color wheel. This tool is available at color.adobe.com. Choose Import Image and select your isolated flower image. You will see something like this;
The color tool will select the dominant colors in your image according to a scheme that you choose. In this case, I chose the “Colorful” scheme. Then you need to decide which of the colors that the tool selected you will use as the base image for your color schemes. I chose the fuchsia color in the second block.
Now change the color harmony setting on the dropdown on the left. You can choose between Analogous, Monochromatic, Triad, Complimentary, Compound, and Shades. You will be able to choose from several options in each setting.
What I did next was to start with a black background and blend in the chosen color from the color scheme with a radial gradient. I adjusted the opacity of the gradient to taste. Obviously there is a lot of room for experimentation in this. What follows are some examples of colors that I chose for my Dahlia.
Which do you prefer? Or maybe you don’t like any of them.