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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
DeGraeve Color Palette Generator - http://www.degraeve.com/color-palette/
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 -
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
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 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
Slayer Office Color Palette - http://slayeroffice.com/tools/color_palette/
On Pictalulous, you can upload your image and receive
a color palette, along with a set of corresponding colors
Pictalulous - http://pictaculous.com/
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 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/
On ColorSchemer, you enter an RGB or HEX value,
or click on the Color Palette to generate associated
ColorSchemer - http://www.colorschemer.com/online.html
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 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/
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
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
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