10 Super Useful Tools for Choosing the Right Color Palette

By / May 26, 2009 / Tools
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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.

ColoRotate

ColoRotate

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

Kuler

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

Color Scheme Designer

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

COLOURlovers

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

Copaso

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

Color Blender

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

Toucan

Toucan allows you to select up to 20 colors for each palette either by using color association or from an uploaded image.

ColorMunki

ColorMunki

ColorMunki gives you the ability to search colors from built in libraries and using keywords.

Color Wizard

Color Wizard

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

Color Explorer

Color Explorer is a fairly new color palette generating tool, but boasts a well organized set of features.

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

59 Comments

  1. Dale
    March 14, 2010

    Never seen Kuler before, glad you mentioned it. :D

    Reply
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  6. Jasim Muhammed
    August 4, 2011

    I must addup one more site which has recently released. http://uicart.com it gives option to showcase userinterfaces and search with color patterns. You can search how those colors are best combined in results.

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  7. Techno World News
    July 16, 2012

    I personally like ColoRotate, just awesome tool for color choosing, I will use it in future….

    Reply
  8. Howard Steele
    June 25, 2013

    Deciding on the right colors is crucial for any design. Thanks for sharing these tools!

    Reply
  9. alex
    December 29, 2013

    Pictoria – Color Palettes mobile app was recently published on Google Play. Here you can take a look at it https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pro.pictoria.ColorPalettes

    Reply

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