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Christian Skeel
03-20-2014, 01:47 PM
When working with a projector it is a great help to have an image already separated into the number of colours that is convenient to work with.

That can be done using Photoshops Save for Web option with its GIF generator. I describe how to use that at this link:
As you can see I have made a palet with all the colors beneath the image. Each color has a number to write on the paint palet so you know which color you are working with.
I have made a layer in the Photoshop document for each color so one layer only have one color in it. To be able to see the layers more clearly I have changed the color to white on all the layers.
I have inserted a black layer between the image and the separated color layers so I only have one white layer on a black background when projecting.

If you would like to download my Photoshop file to see how I have organised the layers click here:

See how to do it at this link:


03-20-2014, 02:03 PM
Wish I had a projector...but alas, I don't. Can see where this would be helpful.

03-20-2014, 08:19 PM
Chritian, projected the images looks like the way to go with portraits. I can see where it would be a BIG help.

12-31-2014, 04:22 AM

Interesting. Sounds like this could be a great learning tool. What kind of projector would one use for this?

03-03-2015, 06:39 PM
Very interesting! Thanks for sharing.

Christian Skeel
04-14-2015, 06:20 PM
Hi Saskia

The projector should be in HD quality.
I use an Optoma projector but I am sure there are many others that would work.
You need HD to be able to trace fine lines. Projectors are not designed for users standing with there noses half a meter from the screen so it is impotant to look for some where the resolution are very high.
Luckily most have lots of light these days so you can work with the light turned on in the room. It is nice to be able to see what is already painted while painting.
Cheers Christian


Interesting. Sounds like this could be a great learning tool. What kind of projector would one use for this?