Let’s face it. Designs can live and die by their colors. The right color palette can turn average items into stunning works of art. While the wrong choice of colors can make you cringe. Oh, you think I’m exaggerating about bad color combinations? Just let one of your girls put on a lipstick that is Not. For. Her. An image of someone just popped in your head didn’t it? Told you so.
After putting in the hard work of hand-lettering, surface design, graphic design, or another art form, choosing the right colors is another important step. If you aren’t an expert on color theory or are short on time, here are a few tools that can help you make a beautiful color palette in no time.
1. COPASO (Color Palette Software)
With COPASO, you can make palettes with up to 5 colors. There are basic, advanced and photo options. Advanced is the most user-friendly, IMO. Also, if you don’t feel up to snuff to create your own palette, peruse the user submitted color combinations on the website. You can even filter the palettes depending on your project type.
Can we all just do a dance?! This thing is AMAZING. Not only is there a website to develop palettes on your computer, it has an APP you can download for free on your phone! Search for “Adobe Color CC” in Google Play or the Apple App Store. It’s user-friendly and works two ways. The app can collect colors from photos or through the Live function. I use the Live function frequently.
Say you spot some gorgeous blooms of flowers at the market or grocery store. BAM. Whip out that phone and grab some colors for later. See some examples below.
One picture, multiple palette options.
Similar to COPASO, but Mudcube can generate a palette with six (6) colors.
How do you currently make a color palette? What normally inspires the colors you choose? Share your answers in the comments and if you have a question about the tools mentioned in this post, please don’t hesitate to ask below.