Color Palette in a Box

Have you ever visited a blog or website that had a poorly chosen color scheme? I can’t tell you how many I’ve seen over the years…

When we do consultations with our clients, prior to starting the design, colors are always a paramount piece of information that we must have. Choosing a color palette for your design can be a daunting task. Not everyone has an eye for design, which is why I’m going to put up a few resources that will take the guess work out of finding a color palette.

Color Blender

Color Blender is a very cool, free tool that will automatically choose five matching colors to your main color choice.

The interface is designed with an RGB (Red Green Blue) slider, and a group of seven small variants which will allow you to make small changes to your main color choice.

Once you’ve chosen the color palette for your design, simply copy the color is either RGB format, or in html hex code. Check out the screenshot below:



Let a Picture Inspire You

This is definitely one of the easiest ways to choose colors for your design.

All you have to do is find a cool picture that you like, preferably one that you think would go well on your blog or site. Once you’ve found the picture, you can simply copy the url of the image (right click on the image and click “copy image address” or open the image in a new window) and then watch as it automatically chooses your color!

You can use this color picker for free, at DeGraeve.com!



Well, That’s Easy!

That’s the beautiful thing about it. Using one of these two color pickers, or something similar, will save you time and effort. That of course means you can spend that time elsewhere!

Have you already been using a cool palette tool, or can you recommend one? I’m interested to hear what everyone has been using.

About Nate Whitehill

Nate is a co-founder of Unique Blog Designs and has been a user experience and visual designer for over a decade. He aspires to make the world pixel-perfect. Follow Nate on Twitter
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  • http://joshuadenney.com Joshua

    I hear there is one in Illustrator you can try :P

    ColorBlender is good stuff though!

  • http://mattblancarte.com Matt Blancarte

    Is it built-in, or a plugin?

  • http://polnor.net/minds Hanna

    You may also like to try:
    – ColorZilla (Firefox add-on – very handy) http://www.colorzilla.com/firefox/
    – COLOURlovers (nice website with simple yet creative colour palette generator and much more!) http://www.colourlovers.com/

    Have fun,
    Hanna

  • http://mattblancarte.com Matt Blancarte

    Thanks, Hanna! Those are awesome resources. I like how you can choose palettes from established brands at COULERlovers.

  • http://juicestorm.com Storm
  • http://www.idatewhite.com Eathan

    Great resources. Thanks

  • http://www.droversrun.net Ness

    Well that is freakin’ awesome! I’ve always just used the color dropper tool in photoshop, but this is way less effort and probably just as effective!