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"Chocolate Hemorrhoids"? -- What makes a Good Palette?

Long story short: girlfriend edited a palette. The goal was to look like Mars. This is the result. I think it looks good, she disagrees.



For discussion's sake: what makes a palette "good" to you? Does it need to stand out? Or be a very subtle theme?
A few standards I personally have for palette:

1. Does it suit the theme?

2. Does it clash with itself?

3. Does it hurt the eyes?

For this palette:
1. Yes
2. No
3. No

I think this is a good palette.
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Something has to be adjusted about the lighter colored hills i the BG, the transition seems a bit to be bland, otherwise the palette is okay

(and I'm pretty sure there's a thread for palette questions, I can't remember...)
I'd say the ground should be more of a reddish-brown color instead of plain brown.

Why are you looking down here?
BG color could be a bit less saturated but otherwise looks fine to me.



And what makes a palette "good" is the mood it conveys. Palettes are pretty much all about color theory.