14 useful tools for creating color palettes

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If you read our previous articles about colors, you know how colors are important in terms of marketing and sales, what are the color trends in 2016 and how to achieve color harmony to achieve your goals. In this article you will find brilliant tools, which will help you to create color palettes and select color palettes.

Whether you are designing a clean corporate website or creative and engaging portfolio site, color is going to play a key role in how the design is perceived by your target. That’s why it’s important to get the colors right from the beginning.





Adobe Color CC is an Adobe color palette tool. It provides an intuitive way to create color palettes. You can search color schemes by color, concept, hex values, tags and more. The ability to create a scheme based on the colors of an image you upload is also an incredibly useful feature, in fact you can generate a color palette from an image. You can create color schemes with the color wheel or browse thousands of color combinations from the Kuler community or even upload your picture and play with it’s colors.

Every color on the palette can be individually modified, or chosen as the base color, with a few simple clicks. Palettes can be saved and published, under each color, the export codes are provided. If you’re using the desktop version you can export a colour scheme straight into Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

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Paletton is a tool for creating color combinations. They have awesome features such as the ability to adjust an entire palette’s saturation and contrast, color blind overlays, and sample website previews.  

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BrandColors is an awesome website for your inspiration. It is a visual guide with hex codes to the color choices made by leading brands from around the world.

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Coolors is a cool tool to generate color combinations in a simple way, share color palettes, and export them to different formats like SVG, PDF, or SCSS.

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Color-Hex is an interesting tool which helps you to select monochromatic colors, triadic colors, analogous colors etc. Also, it allows you to visualize our palette in different color models like RGB, HSL, HSV, and CMYK.

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Shutterstock spectrum is a stock image library. You can specify a keyword that determines the subject with impressive accuracy. It also allows you to filter images by their colour balance and brightness. This image you can use for your website or for your color palettes.  

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7. 0TO255

0to255 very simple and useful tools to choose the colors for your palette. Instead of spending ages manually finding lighter or darker shades of your chosen color, 0to255 allows you to find colors in the same spectrum as one another, within seconds. Ideal for finding that perfect hover, border or gradient color.

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Colorhexa is a tool, that provides information about any color and generates matching color palettes for your designs, such as complementary, analogous, triadic, tetradic, monochromatic colors etc.

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HTMLcolorcodes is an awesome tool to get HTML color codes, Hex color codes, RGB and HSL values with their color picker, color chart and HTML color names.

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Design Seeds is absolutely fantastic inspiration tool. Here you can find color palettes inspired by images of flowers, crops, nature, countryside. You can choose the color you like and see different pictures and color combinations that may inspire you to start you design project and a perfect palette. 

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Stylify helps designers quickly gain an overview of the style guide of a site, including colours, fonts, sizing and spacing.

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Canva is a great website, which empowers the world to design. There you can find useful tips and hottest design trends, tutorials and examples. They have a very good blog, where leading designers share their know-how and explain how to work with colors.

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ColorPick is a quick and easy to use color eye -dropper with zoomed drag-able preview.

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One Comment

  1. Deborah

    Great post. Thank you for sharing. I’ve used colour-hex and Canva before but will certainly be looking into the rest of your suggestions.

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