23 Color Resources for Designers
Color selection is an essential part of every designer’s world. Color doesn’t just provide aesthetic completion but can invoke emotions and responses in a person. Whether you design ad campaigns, packaging, logos, websites or simply love great color combinations, these palette-centric, color-loving sites will help you choose the ideal color palette for your projects.
COLOURlovers is the ultimate color resource. Their social network based system offers palette creation tools, blogs, ratings, color related articles and more.
What color palette should I use?
This simple questionaire provides color palette results from COLOURlovers vast pool of swatch palettes.
Color Combos allows designers to select and experiment with different color combinations.
Kuler is Adobe’s social network driven color theme service. Designers can explore, rate and create color themes and download them for Adobe Creative Suite 2 and 3.
Color Palette Generator
Color Palette Generator is a simple and straightforward image analysis tool. Color palettes are created from images you upload.
Color Scheme Designer
Color Scheme Designer is a powerful and easy-to-use color wheel palette selection tool. Designers can jump start color schemes by selecting color schemes and base colors.
I Like Your Colors
I Like Your Colors is a simple tool for building color palettes based on another website.
Color Hunter builds color palettes based on flickr images, image URLs or images you upload.
Color Jack provides several extremely powerful and easy-to-use color selection tools. Make sure you check out their Color Galaxy, Color Sphere and Color Studio tools.
Color Fields Experimental Colr Pickr
Color Fields Experimental Colr Pickr displays random flickr images based on hue and shade selection.
Multicolr Search Lab
Multicolr Search Lab provides amazing random flickr image results based on colors selected by the user. Users can select up to 10 colors to use in the search.
Daily Color Scheme
Daily Color Scheme provides designers with a daily-fresh color scheme that can be downloaded for Adobe Creative Suite, HTML or Color Schemer.
Colr.org allows designers to create and modify color palettes based on random flickr images, images they upload or colors “fetched” from other websites.
Pantone — the heartbeat of color in the design world.
Colorspire is a simple color palette creation tool.
Paletteman provides designers with a few starter color palettes which they can modify and save.
GenoPal provides designers with several color centric webapps including a palette creation tool, flickr color palette creation and an interesting graphics re-coloring tool.
Colormunki is an extremely slick and powerful online color tool. Designers can explore color chips, save palettes, find similar palettes, explore other designers palettes and much more.
Toucan is very powerful online color palette creation tool. Designers can save, comment and download color palettes.
Not really a color tool, but worth exploring. Etsy has created several intriguing, color-centric product search tools for their online store.
Graybit is a simple tool for previewing existing web pages in grayscale for the purpose of visually testing the page’s perceived contrast.
Swatchify is a simple palette creation tool based on supplied hex values.
Color Palette FX
Color Palette FX is another simple and straightforward palette generator based on image files that you upload.