An essential skill when using Adobe illustrator is extracting color to make a color palette. whether you are making a mood board or illustrating, it is a tool you will use almost every time you open up the program. Did I mention it is super easy too?
First open up Adobe illustrator and pick a photograph you would like to use to make your color palette. If you don't know how to open up a photograph in Illustrator, go to File > Open > and then select the photograph you would like.
What I love most about Illustrator is how easy it is to use. If you used the program Paint in middle school, this is like it's big genius brother. Don't be afraid to push buttons either! Some of the best shortcuts I've found have been from exploring the program. People are constantly pushing the boundaries of the Adobe programs.
Next find your eyedropper tool on your to toolbar. If you don't see your toolbar, go to Window > Tools > Default. It should pop right up!
Drag your mouse over to the color you would like to select and click.
When you have selected your color, you will see your Fill (shortcut to toggle from fill and stroke is X) turn from white to pink. The Fill is also located in your toolbar, underneath your Eyedropper tool.
Next, double click on the Fill (which is the full square). A box will pop up next to the pound sign will be the HEX number this is the code used to identify the color you've chosen.
To make a color palette from your photograph you will need to draw rectangles and fill them. The easiest way to do this is to find your rectangle and draw a rectangle tool (shortcut M).
Bring your cursor over to the side of your photograph and click and drag your mouse to create a small shape. It will be the color that you've selected, already. Continue following the steps until you have created your whole color palette.
When I'm starting a new pattern or project, I always begin with a moodboard and color palette. I love using this method to create the colors because my project looks more cohesive.
If you have any Illustrator questions, leave them in the comments!