Tools for Finding Great Color Schemes

Chris Sams, February 7, 2013

There are million design resources out there on the Internet for developing great color schemes. Most of them work similarly, so rather than overwhelm myself, I like to stick to a few methods when starting on a new project.

kulerAdobe Kuler 

Kuler is the most comprehensive tools I’ve found for browsing through color schemes. You can sort through popular themes, search or click through keywords, or create your own with their interactive tool. Kuler also includes a community element where designers share and comment on palettes. Check it out:

Color Schemer

This site has less appeal visually and is not as much fun to play with, but I’ve found that when I’m searching for more than one keyword at a time, Color Schemer often turns up more accurate results. Check it out:

Color Scheme Designer

This simple online app lets you easily click around a color wheel for your main hue, and then viewing it in monochromoatic, complementary, triad, tetrad, analogic and accented analogic color schemes. You can export your chosen colors into handy Photoshop palettes or even right into html/css code. Check it out:

photoshopThe Old-Fashioned Way

One of my favorite ways to come up with a color scheme is by just pulling a great photo or design into Photoshop and sampling the colors. I’m a visual person, and seeing the colors in the context of an image rather than just in swatches really helps me fine-tune what I’m looking for.

What’s your favorite way to come up with color schemes for design?

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