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Color Palette Resources

Knowledge of color is an integral part of being a designer. Color is what gives our pieces emotion and feeling, and color has the power to communicate all types of messages in a design. We, as designers, must be wise with what types of color we choose to put into our work. However, when starting a project, where do we begin on the search for the perfect palette? And what if you are still figuring out how to best combine and use colors in a design piece?

Coolors is a site that displays randomized, pre-made color palettes, each at one time. These color palettes can be saved directly from the site onto your computer for later use. The palettes available through Coolors each possess a different feel; there’s something for every need!

Adobe Color (formerly known as Kuler) is another fantastic resource for color palettes. At the click of a button, you can conjure up a variety of different combinations at once, and you can scroll down endlessly to explore. However, if you’re looking to create your own custom palette, the site can guide you through the process. When swiping over a new hue, the palette circle has controlled bars that adjust to create harmony. You can create different types of color schemes, including analogous, triad, complementary, and more. When you complete your color palette, you can save and use it through Creative Cloud on Illustrator, InDesign, and/or Photoshop! You also have the option of publishing it for other designers to reference through Adobe Color’s Explore page.

Have you worked with Coolors or Adobe Color before? If so, how was your experience? Are there any other online or book-format color sources that you like to use? Let us know in the comments below!


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