The top 5 online color scheme generator tools

Brian
May 8, 2009

We all have our favorite colors; and for graphic designers it can be challenging to leave personal penchants out of client designs. Many designers enlist the aid of online color scheme generators to spark inspiration.

Here's my list of the top 5 color scheme tools on the web:

1. A conceptual color scheme tool, the Instant Color Schemes lets you enter a keyword and searches Yahoo! Images for five related images, and displays the six most prominent colors from each for a total of 30 color suggestions.
2. Color Scheme Designer is perhaps the perfect online color wheel, capable of a broad range of color schemes. Adjust your values and hue, choose between mono, complement, triad, tetrad, analogic and accented analogic and drag your mouse around the color wheel to update your scheme in real time.
3. On etre.com, you can make sure your color scheme is compliant with WAI guidelines by checking whether your colors contrast well enough to be easily viewed on a black-and-white monitor or by those with color viewing deficiencies.  The Color Blindness Simulator lets you see what your images look like to those who are color blind so you can make your designs more accessible.
4. Love the color scheme of a particular website? Find out what colors they're using with the I Like Your Colors Tool. Simply input a URL and the tool will collect all color styles from that website.
5. Kuler by Adobe has thousands of color schemes that you can browse or search by keyword. You can also rate and comment on your favorites.

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About Brian Morris

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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