The Top 5 Color Tools for Better Design

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Color is the love and bane of many designers. Color is antagonized over and perfected. The differences between RGB, CMYK, and PMS all thought through with great care. A good designer knows how to pick color. They know the ins and outs of creating fantastic palettes that draw the eye, evoke emotions, and convert the masses.

Color is a powerful tool, that can cause difficulties even for the most devout color lover. Luckily, the wonderful world of the Internet has seen fit to grant the masses with the tools and tricks to quickly specify and unify all our color palette needs.

 

#1 Adobe Color CC (Formerly Kuler)

If you use any Adobe Product (Photoshop wizards, I am talking to you) you should be familiar with Adobe Color. This free to use tool will let you create color schemes based on classic theory principles. You can also create schemes based on images. Best of all, for Creative Cloud users, your palate can be saved and accessed in any Adobe product.

Screenshot adobe color tool

http://color.adobe.com/

 

#2 Material.io

This is the perfect tool for web designers and print designers who are working with type and are trying to figure out the contrast between elements. This handy tool uses the principles of material design to develop color schemes. A must have in any tool box.

Screenshot material.io color

https://material.io/color/

 

#3 Coolors

Super fun and super easy! Press the spacebar and get a new palette. Quickly adjust shade, hue, saturation or take a look at how your color scheme looks to different types of color blindness. Plus, change the secondary info to show PMS, CMYK or even Prismacolor numbers. This tool is seriously cool.

Screenshot of Coolurs

https://coolors.co

 

#4 Colour Lovers

The best parts of Colour Lovers is browsing through all the different color combinations that various users have created since the website’s inception. There are some truly ingenious combinations, things you would never think of trying but somehow work marvelously.

Screenshot Colour Lovers

http://www.colourlovers.com/

 

#5 Pictaculous

There are a lot of tools that will create color palettes from a photograph. Some are better than others. When you use them, you really have to ask yourself, is the color palate any good? Pictaculous is no frills, but the results are solid, over and over again.

Screenshot

http://www.pictaculous.com/

 

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