More great color resources and apps

by Fred Showker

COLOR Continuing the quest for the perfect color palette, an essential part of a designer’s workflow. While many of these are based on web color, or intended for web color, some interesting results can be applied to any color application. Adonit writes:

Quoting  begins What’s your favorite color? What color is your car? Do you dream in color? Consciously and subconsciously, colors speak to our brains. But what are they saying? As a creative professional, having a grasp on the importance of color is a vital tool in your design arsenal. Quoting  ends

Kanittha Pansomboon, in "Color Theory" writes:

Quoting  begins Every artist should learn color theory, but what exactly is color theory? Color theory is considered a body of practical guidance that gives the artist guidelines as to the mixing of colors. Color theory helps you mix the colors you need to make the visual impact that you desire. Leonardo da Vinci and Leon Battista Alberti both used the principles of color theory. Quoting  ends

In her Art Tutorials, Dianne Mize writes :

Quoting  begins Imagine music without a clear melody. . . In art, a close equivalent to that would be a painting without clear values or colors. Just as the notes and rhythms of a melody lead us through a musical piece, it is value and color that move us through a painting. Quoting  ends

All of these help make better color palette selections and choices...

color scheme generator

This is a very useful online color scheme generator created by by Jemima Pereira. This page includes a brief explanation of web-safe, web-smart, unsafe, RGB, and HSV colors, and links to other helpful color pages.


Slayeroffice Color Palette

Slayeroffice Color Palette This tool will create 10 shades of the base color, located top-left, at varying degrees of opacity. The top row emulates opacity over a white background, the bottom over black (or colors of your choosing as of v1.4). The opacity values are 100% opaque, 75%, 50%, 25% and 10% on the top row. The bottom row begins at 85% rather than 100% and continues on as the first.
      Inspired directly by the excellent Creating Color Palettes article by Andy Clarke.



StripeGenerator is called "The ultimate tool for web 2.1 designers" ... and a heck-of-a lot of fun, here, you play with sliders and color pickers, untill you obtain a super-cool stripe tile ; Press "Download" to save your creation ; and then edit your css adding this line to the element you want to stripe!

Toolbox for working with color palettes

Toolbox for working with color palettes -- Simply put, ColorExplorer is an online toolbox for working with color palettes. Being a little more elaborate, the current site is the result of evolvement on my acclaimed ColorMatch 5K project dating back as far as 2001.
      With ColorExplorer you can quickly and easily create, manage and evaluate color palettes for use in graphic design, web designs, layouts, and much more.
GO ColorExplorer

DC Picker

You would like to pick a color off your screen -- you can take a screenshot, paste it in paint, then pick the color off there, but you may not get the exact color of the pixel you click on. And even if you do, you will not be able to know the color in a way that can be transported to another image program.
The best way to find out what color an application or webpage is to use DCPicker.
GO - DC Picker

Continues with more Color Madness

Quotes referenced above:
GO Every artist should learn color theory
GO Diane Mise writes : The role of values in a painting

And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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