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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Another Cool Color Tool

I love stumbling across useful online tools and gadgets, especially those that make web design chores easier and more enjoyable. Earlier, I blogged about a useful tool for generating intermediate shades of colour.

Staying on this theme, here's one of the sweetest little color generators I have ever seen. Petr Staníček's site, WellStyled.com, contains a Color Scheme Generator that lets you creates color schemes with a single click of the mouse. Click on one of the color swatches arrayed around the onscreen color wheel and this nifty tool will create a four-colour scheme for you.

This is one of the most elegant applications I have seen. Additional features let you select among five types of colour schemes; choose a web-safe palette, if desired; vary the degree of opacity (he uses the term pastel); even view your colour scheme as persons with various types of color vision impairment might see it.

Available color schemes include monochromatic (various tones of the same hue), complementary (two colors diametrically opposite on the colour wheel), analagous (adjacent colours), triads (three equidistant colours), and tetrads (four equidistant colours).

Truly worthy of your favourites list, (though professionals should note that the model used is closer to classic subtractive (pigments-based) color theory than additive (light-based), and that the RGB conversions are approximate).

Another, similar but less full-featured tool recommended by a reader of this blog is Color Schemer Online. It, too, allows you to click on colour swatches and to lighten and darken schemes.

Have a favorite color tool? Let me know about it via comment. And if you enjoy these posts, please support the site by linking to Random Bytes. Sign up for our feed to be sure not to miss anything.

5 comments:

KatPop said...

i love on-line gadgets also...thanks

carrie said...

your blog has a lot of helpful information for blog design. thank you.

Pam said...

Glad you're enjoying Random Bytes. If you love gadgets, check out this post on mashups.

Pam

Anonymous said...

You might want to look at this new AJAX online tool too, for generating naturally harmonious colors. Found it on Digg:

http://digg.com/design/Web_2_0_AJAX_Color_Tool

Pam said...

Interesting. That's quite a different approach. It would be nice if their demo offered a few more palettes.