7 Places to Find the Perfect Color

Choosing the right colors for your project is sometimes a difficult thing to do, but getting them wrong seems to be one of the easiest things to do. To make sure you get your colors right the first time, we’ve compiled a list of some of the greatest online resources in color creation.

Creating Color Palettes

1. Adobe Kuler

Adobe Kuler is your typical color palette maker on steroids. The interface was built using Flash, which makes navigation very smooth and responsive. If there’s something you need in a palette maker, you’ll probably be able to find it here.

Not only does Kuler let you create and share your own palettes, you can view palettes created by other people. This way, even if you suck at putting colors together, you can still get palettes made by people more talented than you.

2. Color Scheme Generator 2

If Kuler is too complicated for you, this one might be the right choice. This site makes generating a palette very easy. Simply choose a starting color from the large color wheel and the rest is basically done for you.

What really sets this site apart from the others is its ability to show you how your colors will look with different color blindnesses. Just choose an option from the combo box and the output will change to show you how a person with the selected condition will see it.

Finding Color Palettes

So you played with the above sites and found out you have no natural talent for choosing colors. No problem, this set of sites lets you get inspiration from existing sources like images or someone else’s website.

3. Colour Lovers

Like the name says, this is an entire community of color lovers – with forums and all that other community type goodness. What I like about the site is the ability to generate color palettes from images anywhere on the web. For instance, below is an image of a flower with its corresponding palette.

All in all, I think it does a pretty good job. My only complaint is that it doesn’t display the hex or RGB values for the colors. It puts the hex value in a tooltip when you mouse over a color, but I can’t exactly copy and paste that into my style sheet.

4. DeGraeve.com

This is a very simple site. You give it an image and it gives you a palette. Unlike Colour Lovers, the hex values are prominently displayed next to each color. The output contains both a ‘dull’ and a ‘vibrant’ version of the palette.

There’s lot of other useful tools on this website, like an online favicon editor, so make sure to explore around a little.

5. Palette Generator

Palette Generator can make a color palette from an image stored pretty much anywhere. You can upload an image, give it a link, or use one from your Flickr or Photobucket accounts. The palettes it generates are similar quality to the previous two sites, but it gives you the added feature of automatically creating a style sheet for you with each color.

Color Information

So you’ve picked a color that you really like, and now you’re thinking, “how do I see every piece of possible color information that ever existed about this color?”. Fortunately for you, the last two websites are exactly what you’re looking for.

6. Yafla

CSS and Javascript at it’s best, Yafla is a color connaisseur’s paradise. You feed it with a color (or use the color picker) and this site will display all sorts of goodies about that color – like HSV, triad, analog, complementary, etc.

As you find colors you like, you can build up a palette using the droppers near the bottom of the page.

8. ColorDb

If it were possible to display more information than Yafla, I think ColorDb can do it. It’s got color variations that I’ve never even heard of.

The only problem with the site is that any changes require the page to refresh – so it feels a little sluggish. I think this could be a very neat site if it were rewritten using Javascript to make the interface a little more dynamic. That aside, it’s a great color resource that provides a lot of useful information.

If you can’t get the color you need from one of the sites above, it’s time to give up and hire an intern to do it for you

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