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Creating an interesting and colorful color palette can be a chore, even for the most experienced designers. We have compiled a list of color design tools that can be very useful for web artisans...

Color Palette Generator
Using the Color Palette Generator, enter the URL of an image to generate a color palette that matches that image. This is useful for coming up with a website color palette that matches a key image or graphic, such as a company logo or other image that a client wants to work with.

DeGraeve Color Palette Generator - http://www.degraeve.com/color-palette/

Color Hunter
Color Hunter finds and creates color palettes made from images. Simply enter the image URL, and you will be given a set of complimentary corresponding colors.

Color Hunter - http://www.colorhunter.com/

Colour Lovers
Colour Lovers contains over a million user-created color palettes to inspire your artistic endeavors. Visitors can subscribe to the latest palettes RSS feed or use the color palette maker to create and share their favorite color combinations.

Colour Lovers - http://www.colourlovers.com/color

Toucan Color Palette
Toucan Color Palette is a free online color generator for artists. Choose up to 20 colors per palette using color association rules or an uploaded image. Toucan knows all about color theory, and you can even see a color deficiency preview.

Toucan Color Palette - http://aviary.com/tools/toucan

Color Match
Color Match is a website tool showing how to match website colors. Color Match helps webmasters choose a website color scheme or color code. Color Match also displays the HTML Color Codes, making it easy to use the colors in web design.

Color Match - http://www.hypergurl.com/colormatch.php

The Color Tool
The Color Tool is a site dedicated to the display of color combinations, changing css styles, and displaying many powerful and unique color tools and font tools.

The Color Tool - http://www.thecolortool.com/

Slayer Office Color Palette
Slayer Office Color Palette creates 10 shades of a base color, in varying degrees of opacity. The top row emulates opacity over a white background, and the bottom row emulates opacity over a black background. The opacity values are 100% opaque, 75%, 50%, 25% and 10% .

Slayer Office Color Palette - http://slayeroffice.com/tools/color_palette/

Pictalulous
On Pictalulous, you can upload your image and receive a color palette, along with a set of corresponding colors for design.

Pictalulous - http://pictaculous.com/

Palette Man
Palette Man is a color palette generation program geared toward web designers. You're allowed to select 5 colors from the 216-color web-safe palette, and then see how they interact. Colors are like words -- just as context can alter the meaning of a word or phrase, surrounding colors can make a central color look different to the human eye. Experiment and see what effects the colors have on one another.

Palette Man - http://paletteman.com/

CSS Drive
CSS Drive let's you upload an image and then generate a color palette based on the image's primary colors. This is very useful for quickly grabbing a particular color within an image for inspiration.

CSS Drive - http://www.cssdrive.com/imagepalette/

ColorSchemer
On ColorSchemer, you enter an RGB or HEX value, or click on the Color Palette to generate associated color schemes.

ColorSchemer - http://www.colorschemer.com/online.html

Color Combos
If you are looking for color combination ideas, check out the Color Combos library. Their library contains hundreds of color swatches, along with their color hex values. You can also use the website color grabbing tool, or use the search tool to locate existing combinations.

Color Combos - http://www.colorcombos.com/

Kolur
Kolur is a simple and enjoyable way to browse color palettes. Designs displayed in the Kolur gallery go beyond the generic 3 colored dots, and attempt to portray the various possibilities available in the palettes.

Kolur - http://www.kolur.com/

Color Explorer
In Color Explorer, you can easily create, manage, and evaluate color palettes for use in graphic design, web designs, layouts, and much more.

Color Explorer - http://colorexplorer.com/

Instant Color Schemes
With Instant Color Schemes, just enter a word or phrase, and Instant Color Schemes will grab 5 related images from Yahoo Images, and then display the 6 most prominent colors from each image.

Color Schemes - http://www.gpeters.com/color/color-schemes.php

Infohound Color Schemer
Infohound is a simple tool to help you experiment with various color schemes for web or print projects. Enter a particular value directly into one of the boxes, and matching colors will be chosen automatically.

Infohound - http://infohound.net/colour/

Hex Color Scheme Generator
In Hex Color Scheme Generator, you select the desired color on the color wheel, or just type in the hex value in the form below the wheel, and it will generate 3 additional colors that match the original color selected. Copy and paste the generated hex values into the web page.

Hex Color Scheme Generator - http://www.2createawebsite.com/build/hex-color-scheme-generator.html

Selecting an innovative color scheme need not be a chore any more. These tools will help extend color palettes and combination options for designers.

About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for RecordForAll http://www.recordforall.com audio recording and editing software.

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