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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!