Color Me Good: Dozen Best and Useful Online Color Tools

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Color is a major consideration in every design. There are instances that color schemes were already given and we just follow and apply them on our design, particularly if you design for clients who have already established their own corporate or branding colors. But most often we create colors from scratch. And for most designers creating a new color scheme is not an easy task. So if you’re having a hard time finding the right colors for your design, these online tools are for you.

We have gathered 12 of the best and most useful online color tools available. We listed only a dozen of them because we don’t want to bore you with too many color tools doing the same thing. So whether you’re doing web design, brochures, logo design, big or small projects, big or small clients, choosing the right color is very critical. So choose wisely right from the start. Let’s start looking at the list below and find the right color tool for you.

1. CSS Drive’s Online Colors Palette Generator

This online color tool will help you generate the complete color palette of any image you upload or fetch from URL.

2. Color Combos

This site allows you to mix the best color combinations for your design and allows you to see them work together on screen.  You can also access their library of colors containing numerous pre-built color combinations.

3. Color Scheme Designer

Color Scheme Designer offers complete solution for creating color schemes. This tool offers various color models, color spaces and color adjustments. It also lets you preview your current color scheme selected and export them to HTML CSS, XML, Photoshop and Gimp palettes.

4. Color Wheel

Color Wheel allows you to spin the color wheel and get a selection of three random colors. The color wheel randomizes among some 16 million colors. And since each spin produces three different colors, that gives endless combinations.

5. Color Wizard

Another great color tool from Colors on the Web. Color Wizard lets you submit your own base color, and it will automatically return matching colors for the one you selected. Various color schemes are available with hue, shade and tint variations.

6. Color Blender

ColorBlender is a very useful tool color matching and palette design. Choose a preferred color using the color picker and a 6-color matching palette (a “blend”) will be automatically calculated. It also allows you to tweak or edit individual colors of your blend. Your color blends can also be saved for future use, and will be available whenever you return to the site.

7. Contrast-A from Dasplankton

Contrast-A allows you to experiment with color combinations, examine them under the aspect of accessibility guidelines and to create custom color palettes. It also checks color combinations for sufficient contrast and displays the results according to WCAG 2.0 (Luminance Ratio) as well as the results according to older accessibility guidelines, WCAG 1.0 (Difference in Brightness and Color).

8. Adobe Kuler

Adobe Kuler is an online Flash based application from Adobe Systems that lets you try out, create and save various color schemes. It is also available in desktop versions using the Adobe AIR runtime. After downloading Switchboard from Adobe Labs, users using the desktop version can export a color scheme straight into Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. The word ‘Kuler’ is of Mauritian Creole origin which means color.

9. ColorMunki

ColorMunki is an all-in-one color solution that delivers excellent color control and color creation tools for both photo and design digital workflows. Each ColorMunki solution is designed to meet the workflow needs of your creative profession.

10. Color Explorer

ColorExplorer is an elaborate online color tool for working with color palettes. With ColorExplorer you can quickly and easily create, manage and evaluate color palettes for use in graphic design, web designs, layouts, and much more.

11. ColourLovers

COLOURlovers is a creative community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes and patterns, discuss the latest trends and explore colorful articles. It also offers lots of online color tools like ColorSchemer, Seamless pattern maker, etc.

12. Colorotate

ColoRotate has an intuitive interface that features an open 3D color space that lets you choose (or design) the color palette that fits your needs. With ColoRotate, you can work with colors in real time and in a way that matches how our minds process color.

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