10 of the Best Color Resources and Tools

July 28, 2008 • By

Color plays an important role in the way we communicate with each other. Color not only helps give a design visual beauty, but it can also make a person react or feel a certain way. This feeling may be on a subconscious level, but it could affect the way that person thinks about a product or service. That’s why it is so important to choose the right palette when creating a new design. Here are some resources and tools to help you choose that perfect color palette


COLOURlovers is the ultimate resource for all things color related. It is a social site that gives people the ability to share and rate color palettes and read color related articles.


Kuler is an Adobe site that also lets you share and rate color themes, but it also gives you the ability to download and use these themes in Adobe Creative Suite.


COPASO is a tool that can be found on COLOURlovers, but since it is so robust, I wanted to include it separately. It includes features such as a scratch pad to save colors and a photo color extraction tool.


Color Jack is an advanced set of tools for choosing color schemes.


The ColorBurn is a simple widget that provides daily color palette inspiration.


ColorSchemer’s online tool allows you to enter a Hex value and in return, it give you a matching color palette.


Color Blender returns a blended color scheme based to two color value inputs.

Color Wizard

Color Wizard returns a scheme based on a submitted color.


ColourMod is a dashboard widget that give you and easy way to pick and convert color values.


ColorZilla is a Firefox extension that allows you to determine the color value of any point in your browser. It also gives you the ability to measure distance between two points and get various information about DOM elements.