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Don’t Be Afraid of Color!

Don’t be afraid of color!

I recently read Michael Bierut’s essay Chromatophobia, which tells the story of when he realized he had a fear of color, and it made me contemplate how complex color really is. With over 10,000,000 colors we can see, there are even more color combinations—and yeah, that can be pretty overwhelming.

Fear not, however! Adobe has come to our rescue with Adobe Color, a website with the potential to solve your color-crazed worries.

Users can browse through colors on an interactive color wheel, with four other swatches changing according to the base color swatch of your choice as well as the type of color rule you want. Adobe Color can curate complementary, analogous, monochromatic, triad, compound, and shades color palettes. And if you don’t like any of those, you can even create your own color palette!

Then, you can save the theme to your Creative Cloud Library to be used in any of your Creative Cloud software. It’s super convenient, easy to use, and great for the many of us—designers and non-designers alike—that can get a little overwhelmed by color. Cheers!


  1. Manavi Singh wrote:

    I recently used Adobe Color to work on a project with photographs and good color combinations. I found it to be quite helpful and helped me be more aware of the varying color schemes.

    Friday, November 17, 2017 at 2:46 pm | Permalink
  2. Catherine Velez wrote:

    I’ll have to check this out! I’ve never used a color scheme generator before and Adobe Color seems like a very useful tool.

    Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 8:53 pm | Permalink