design how-to: 7 simple steps to creating your own pantone board

When we first decided to really start coming up with a "plan" for our Instagram, our brilliant design guru, Golda came up with the idea to feature a pop of color on the @designsbyjgd feed every week. The basic idea was to feature a beautiful, scroll-stopping visual that would finish off our week of posting as well as feature a key Pantone color of the season. 

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We were thrilled with the response to our 'Pantone Pops' with so many of our followers asking, "How did you do that?"So, we are taking the guesswork out by giving you an inside look at the process behind these pops...

 Learn How To Create Your Own Pantone Pop in 7 Simple Steps plus a FREE template by jgdigital.co

step 1 | Pick your desired Pantone color you would like to feature. Pantone.com is a wonderful resource to for the hottest colors for the season. 

step 2 | Search* for an image or photo that has a solid color area that matches the Pantone color you want to feature. We love using Pinterest and Unsplash.com for FREE high resolution photos.

*Our go-to key words when searching on Pinterest (i.e. Greenery):  greenery, greenery wall, greenery vase, green leaf, etc. 

step 3 | Take a screen shot or download the photos that are super concentrated with the color. We usually download 10 images to make sure it's an exact match to our Pantone Color. 

step 4 | Open your image in your graphic software of choice (we love using InDesign!) Insert your photo. InDesign allows for the creation of different pages to make your selection easier at the end. 

step 5 | Next, download our PANTONE Frame Template Here

step 6 | Place your new Pantone Frame (get it above ) over the color in the image that matches your selected Pantone. You might have to zoom in to your photo to make sure there is no other color in the square. You can also create a small Pantone Square next to your image to make sure you are matching it exactly. 

step 7 | Once you have mastered your color selection, type in the name of your Pantone Color into the text  layer of the frame. We also like to include the CMYK, RGB, and Hex/HTML in our Instagram caption, so that our followers can replicate the exact color too.

So, that's it! Once you get the hang of it, you will be cranking out your very own Pantone features too. We'd love to see what you come up with, so please follow us on Instagram @designsbyjgd and tag us with #designsbyjgd #pantonepop.