Whether you are designing a clean corporate website or a grunge portfolio site, color is going to play a major role in how the design is perceived by the audience. That's why it's important to get the colors right upfront. There are plenty of tools out there made especially for this, but like anything else some are better than others. Here are 10 color tools that I think are exceptionally useful.
As well as being a useful way to choose colors, ColoRotate looks cool and is actually fun to use. Instead of using two dimensional viewers, it presents color palettes to you in 3d and in real time.
Kuler is a community driven web app that lets your browse color palettes created by others. You can also create your own by using the color wheel, harmony rules, and color sliders.
Color Scheme Designer has been around for a while, but was just recently updated with a brand new interface and a new color scheme generating engine.
COLOURlovers provides more than just a way to find color palettes. It is also a place to network with other people to discuss color related topics, and read interesting articles about all things color.
Copaso is COLOURlovers palette generating tool. It's rich feature set allows you to save colors to a scratch pad, extract colors from a photo, and publish a palette for thousands of other people to see.
Color Blender let's you select a preferred color and then it generates a six color blend based on that color. From there you can tweak each individual color.
Toucan allows you to select up to 20 colors for each palette either by using color association or from an uploaded image.
ColorMunki gives you the ability to search colors from built in libraries and using keywords.
With Color Wizard you can submit a base color and it generates color schemes based on your color's complementary color, split complementary colors, analogous colors and other variations.
Color Explorer is a fairly new color palette generating tool, but boasts a well organized set of features.
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