Color is incredibly important in any design. If you have studied or know a little about color theory, you know the great psychological and emotional effects color has on viewers. It is an incredibly powerful tool, that when used wisely will wow views and help create an emotional bond with any product, service, or company.

This is why I have put together some of the sites/tools I use and recommend when dealing with color.

ColourLovers

Colour Lovers is esteemed by many as the ultimate color resource. It is made up of a creative community where sharing colors, palettes, and patters are all part of the love. In addition this site provides information on the newest trends along with great articles. I highly recommend visiting this site.

 

kuler

Kuler has been a useful tool that I have used in a number of projects. Some of it’s features include browsing palette, creating themes, and extracting themes from images. Another feature that I really like is the integration of Kuler into Adobe’s Creative Suite. This allows you to use aspects of the site and all from the comfort of your program.

 

Color-Wizard

The Color Wizard let users submit a color which is then used to create various color schemes. The  app will provide complementary colors, split complementary, analogous, and more. A fun feature is the randomize function. This will produce color themes that you might not have thought about.

 

ColorSchemer

This resource has two products, ColorSchemer Studio 2 and ColorSchemer Touch (an App for iOS). While this is not a free resource it does deserve mentioning. Some of it’s features include the ability to easily identify color harmonies, generate palettes from images, create schemes out of a single color, and visually create palettes through color theory options.

 

 

Color-Scheme-Designer

Color Scheme Designer is another really useful app. Possibly my favorite feature of this app is the colorblind tab. By using this tab you can see colors that people with colorblindness struggle with. This is the perfect tool when keeping that disability in mind for your projects. This feature is in addition to the traditional color styles, web colors, and exporting options. This really is a helpful app.

Hope these were some helpful sites!