Color: Links, Books & Tools to Make your Life Easier

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Color is certainly a very important element of a design, and deciding on the best color palette for a project is something you really need to dedicate time to. From understanding color theory to having a glimpse of color psychology, you need to make sure your choice will not only look good but also have a good balance and deliver the right message. Thinking about, that we have decided to gather some tips, books recommendations, links to interesting readings and also some tools and apps that will make your life easier when it comes to color.

Tools

Flat UI Colors

About: This small web app helps you to copy the colors from Flat UI.

Color: Books, Apps & Tools to make your life easier

Color Palettes – ColourLovers

Old but really good!

Color: Books, Apps & Tools to make your life easier

color.hailpixel.com

Scroll around to get the color you want, click it and they will save it for you.

Color: Books, Apps & Tools to make your life easier

hexu.al

Colorful words to show you colors in action.

Color: Books, Apps & Tools to make your life easier

Sphere: Color Theory Visualizer

Color: Books, Apps & Tools to make your life easier

Color Scheme Designer

Also old but also good.

Color: Books, Apps & Tools to make your life easier

Books

Color Design Workbook: A Real World Guide to Using Color in Graphic Design

About the book: Since color is such a important part of graphic design, designers need the most up to date as well as the most fundamental, information on the subject to have the tools needed to use color effectively. From the meanings behind colors to working with color in presentations, this book provides readers with the vital information needed to apply color creatively and effectively to their design work. Readers also receive guidance on talking with clients about color and selling color ideas. The science behind color theory is also explained in easily understood language, and case studies are included to show the effects some color choices had on both their clients and consumers.

Color: Books, Apps & Tools to make your life easier

Color by Betty Edwards: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors

About the book: Using techniques tested and honed in her five-day intensive color workshops, Edwards provides a basic understanding of how to see color, how to use it, and-for those involved in art, painting, or design-how to mix and combine hues. The book includes more than 125 color images and exercises.

Color: Books, Apps & Tools to make your life easier

Color – Messages & Meanings: A PANTONE Color Resource

About the book: There is no one in the business world that doubts the impact of colour. Those involved in marketing, design, advertising, and retail need to be as informed as possible about the usage of colour as a means of instant communication in order to make appropriate colour decisions. This guide explains the emotional response to colour and covers the latest guidelines for effective colour combinations including the integration of colour trends. With up-to-date visuals and printing formulas to eliminate guesswork, this guide empowers and equips its users to make smart informed decisions.

Color: Books, Apps & Tools to make your life easier

Pantone’s Guide to Communicating with Color

About the book: This authoritative guide presents hundreds of color combinations and color principles needed to create effective designs. Every lesson is demonstrated by example, enabling designers of all specialties and levels of experience to make the best color choices for every type of design.

Color: Books, Apps & Tools to make your life easier

Links and More

The Psychology of Color

A very nice color cheat sheet from Carey Jolliffe.

Color: Books, Apps & Tools to make your life easier

The Smashing Book – The Ultimate Guide to Fantastic Color Usage

Color: Books, Apps & Tools to make your life easier

About the Author

Gisele Muller loves communication, technology, web, design, movies, gastronomy and creativity. Web writer, portuguese/english translator and co founder of @refilmagem & @mentaway Twitter: @gismullr

10 Comments

  1. Mathieu DOMER
    July 23, 2013

    I would have add : https://kuler.adobe.com/. The new version is nice.

    Reply
    • Square Gate
      July 31, 2013

      I agree, I use Kuler all the time!

      Reply
  2. Rob Sawyer
    July 23, 2013

    I will add this link as a fantastic read on the use of color: https://www.helpscout.net/blog/psychology-of-color/

    Reply
  3. Vinicius Cainelli
    July 23, 2013

    This is fantastic http://www.colourco.de/

    Reply
  4. Social Media Agency
    July 23, 2013

    I never tried hailpixel but thanks for very useful color theme related articles. You have given me a reason to rework on my web strategy. so started with color theme :)

    Reply
  5. Frank
    July 24, 2013

    I always use Color Scheme Designer but checking out a few of the others they also look very good

    Reply
  6. Katypeterson
    July 30, 2013

    This is seriously Superb !!!!

    Reply
  7. Malcolm Thomas
    August 9, 2013

    Flat UI colors is a great resource, it gives great insights.

    Reply
  8. Web Design Malaysia
    August 15, 2013

    the psychology of colour is a good read /reference!

    Reply
  9. todotunez
    January 20, 2014

    I do consider all of the ideas you’ve presented on your post.
    They are really convincing and will certainly work. Still,
    the posts are too short for newbies. May you please prolong them a little from subsequent time?
    Thanks for the post.

    Reply

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