Affinity Designer Color Chords

Affinity Designer Color Chords
In this Affinity Designer tutorial, we will create several color palettes from only one color. With just one color, Designer can automatically create color palettes, called color chords. Follow the steps below to create your own color chords from your favorite color swatch.

  1. Open Affinity Designer.

  2. Draw a rectangle on the canvas and fill it with your base color. In the example, I used #00D1C6 (see screenshot).

  3. Now let's create a new empty document palette in the Swatches panel.

  4. From the Swatches panel's menu, choose Add Document Palette (see screenshot).

  5. Right-click on the rectangle on the canvas and choose Add to Swatches - From Fill as Global. If you do not want the swatch to be a global color, choose Add to Swatches - From Fill (see screenshot).

  6. Now that we have our new color swatch in the new document palette, we can begin to create our color chords.

  7. For each color chord, do the following. Right-click on the new color swatch in the document palette and choose Create Color Chord. Choose one of the color chord options (see screenshot).

  8. Once you have your color chord, you are ready to save it. As we have our palette set as a document palette, it won't be available to other documents. So let's export the palette. In this way, we can import it into another document as needed.

  9. From the Swatchs panel menu, choose Export Palette. In the Save window, give your palette a name and save it with the .afpalette file extension (see screenshot).

Below are each of the color chords from the example base color. Click the links to view.

Split Complementary
Accented Analogic

Screenshots used by permission of Serif (Europe) Ltd. This article is not endorsed by Serif Ltd.

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