Color Tools and Resources

colors Need help finding the perfect color palette for your project? We have gathered all the information and resources designers need when it comes to color.

Featured Color Tools and Resources

color picGrab colors from your screen in style. This amazing free tool pics colors, saves palettes and has a magnifier all in one slick package. ColorPic

pixie If you want a very small, free application to grab color off of your screen, but don’t need the saving palette features of ColorPic, then Nattyware’s Pixie is for you. Get Pixie
KolurKolur is a simple and enjoyable way to browse color palettes.
Color Schemer StudioCommercial software that lets you explore color and suggests color schemes for you.

Color Schemer Studio

PantoneSign up for a free myPantone account and check out all the cool tips, articles and other goodies.
Palette Generator Enter the URL of any image online and this fast and groovy utility will spit out color palettes based on that image. Degraeve’s Palette Generator

Color Wheel ProFull-featured commercial software, create and preview color schemes. Check out the demo.

More Color Tools and Resources

ColourLovers – Interactive community where users can upload and comment on colors and color palettes.

Visicheck - Plug-in for Photoshop to test how your designs appear to people affected by color blindness.

ColorWrite – Color choosing software with an integrated CSS/HTML code generator. Runs on Macs (OS X), Linux, Solaris and Windows systems.

Color Blender – I like the simplicity of this color palette discovery tool. Also, after finding a spiffy palette you can export the colors to a Photoshop and Illustrator palette to easily load into those programs.

Color Palette Generator – Similiar to the Degraeve’s color tool, except you can upload the image to be palette-ified. – Another online tool that grabs colors and produces a palette based on a user submitted photo.

16 Lessons in Color Theory - In depth guide about color, uses, history, etc. Very good resource — a must read.

Get the Look – Adam Polselli shows you how to create 5 "looks" with sample palettes, fonts, and style. Spiffy.

Web 2.0 Color Palette – Nice idea. A single image displaying color palettes from popular "Web 2.0" style websites.

CMYK (for those who do RGB) - A good introduction to understanding color for print media.

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