Colors: How to Pick Them

Sometimes it’s kind of hard picking or choosing colors for a website, a picture book, a poster, or an assignment that requires a lot of visuals. There are a number of online tools to help you make decisions that lead to pleasing results. Something recommended by the folks at Librarian Design Share is Color Palette Generator. All you have to do is copy an image’s location (right click, copy image location) and paste the URL into the URL of image box and you are given two palette options; one dull and one vibrant (easy).

Color-palette-generatorIf you have an Adobe account you might want to try Adobe Kuler. Use the small camera icon to find images on your hard-drive. The program returns a swatch like that in the image below. Click the color rule on the right and you’ll be given more options:

  • Analogous
  • Monochromatic
  • Triad
  • Complementary
  • Compound
  • Shades
  • Custom

It’s lost of fun and can be quite addictive. There’s also an iPhone version as well.

Panels IIIf you have a smartphone you might like ColorSchemer and Color Capture – the latter is really a house painting tool but nevertheless enjoyable.

Reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

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