By AN Jay on December 17, 2009

50 Best Free Tools To Create Perfect Color Combinations

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A good color combination has the tendency to communicate with the users and let them perceive the design in the correct way. That is the basic reason why you need to pick the right color for your design. So, here we are bringing 50 varieties of useful and valuable color tools that would help you choosing the right color palettes for your designs.

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Color Scheme Designer

Color Scheme Designer is a brand new interface, as well as the engine, all rewritten from the scratch. Rapidly increased precision and color space conversions, better preview, enhanced scheme creation system, unique scheme IDs and permanent URL of the scheme.

Online Color Tools

The Color Wizard

The Color Wizard is a color matching application for anyone who wants to create designs with great looking colors.

Online Color Tools

Contrast-A: Find Accessible Color Combinations

The application allows users to experiment with color combinations, examine them under the aspect of accessibility guidelines and to create custom color palettes.

Online Color Tools

Kuler

The web-hosted application for generating color themes that can inspire any project. No matter what you’re creating, with Kuler you can experiment quickly with color variations and browse thousands of themes from the Kuler community.

Online Color Tools

Colors On The Web

Spin the color wheel and get a selection of three random colors. The color wheel randomizes among some 16 million colors. And since each spin produces three different colors, that gives endless combinations. (or 2 to the power of 70 or so, which is a very large number). Enough to keep anyone busy for a while.

Online Color Tools

Color Wheel Color Calculator

The Sessions Color Calculator is an interactive color wheel that helps designers select HTML, RGB, or CMYK colors and identifies color harmonies and schemes. Our Color Wheel works faster than any other color wheel or html color chart.

Online Color Tools

Infohound Color Schemer

This color schemer is a simple tool to help you experiment with various color schemes for your next web or print project.
Click around within the shaded box to set the saturation and brightness, or within the rainbow to set the hue. You can also enter a particular value directly into one of the boxes.
Matching colors will be automatically chosen. You can click on one to set it as the primary color.

Online Color Tools

Check My Color

It is a tool for checking foreground and background color combinations of all DOM elements and determining if they provide sufficient contrast when viewed by someone having color deficits.

Online Color Tools

Hex Color Scheme Generator

This is a great tool to use if you want to develop a matching color scheme for your site. Say you want your nav color to be #000066 (navy blue) and you want to know what colors would go best with it, this tool will help you.

Online Color Tools

Color Combinations and Color Schemes

Here you’re sure to find the perfect color combination for your project. This site was built to help web developers quickly select and test website color combinations.

Online Color Tools

Instant Color Scheme

Let Yahoo pick your color scheme! Enter a word or phrase and I’ll grab 5 related images from Yahoo Images, and get the 6 most prominent colors from each.

Online Color Tools

Toucan Color Palettes

Used alone or in conjunction with our other creation tools, Toucan gives you the features you need to inject color into your creative process.

Online Color Tools

Pictaculous

Ever wonder what colors to use with an image? Upload your image – get a color pallette

Online Color Tools

Daily Colorscheme

Daily Color Scheme is all about color. Every day color, they serve a new colorscheme every day of the year, to keep the designers head fueled with inspirational and usable color schemes.

Online Color Tools

Slayeroffice Color Palette Creator

It will create 10 shades of the base color, located top-left, at varying degrees of opacity. The top row emulates opacity over a white background, the bottom over black (or colors of your choosing as of v1.4). The opacity values are 100% opaque, 75%, 50%, 25% and 10% on the top row. The bottom row begins at 85% rather than 100% and continues on as the first.

Online Color Tools

Color Palette Software

COPASO is an advanced color palette tool that helps you create the perfect color schemes and themes. With a scratch pad to save colors you’re working with, a photo tool to extract colors and an advanced color picker and color theory wheel to give you tons of color inspiration. Using COPASO you can save your palettes to a private folder or download them to your local computer.

Online Color Tools

Color Palette Generator

Enter the URL of an image to get a color palette that matches the image. This is useful for coming up with a website color palette that matches a key image a client wants to work with.

Online Color Tools

Color Palette Generator

Generate a color palette based on an image.

Online Color Tools

CSS Drive’s Image to Colors Palette Generator!

Upload an image to generate a color palette based on the image’s primary colors. Useful for quickly grabbing a particular color within an image for inspiration.

Online Color Tools

The Color Tool

This web site is dedicated to the display of color combinations, changing css styles, and displaying many powerful and unique color tools and font tools.

Online Color Tools

PALETTEMAN

Palette Man is a color palette-generation program that’s geared toward web designers. You’re allowed to select 5 colors from the 216-color web-safe palette and see how they interact.

Online Color Tools

ColorExplorer

A brand spanking new way of working with digital colors! With the colorful toolbox at ColorExplorer you can easily create, manage, and explore color palettes for use in web designs, desktop publishing, or any other graphic design process.
Go ahead! – get started on your colorful and creative voyage into the world of hues, spot colors, red, greens, yellow, and blues!

Online Color Tools

Color Palette Generator

Automatically create a color palette from any photo.

Online Color Tools

Kolur

Kolur is a simple (and hopefully) enjoyable way to browse color palettes. Designs displayed in our gallery go beyond the generic 3 colored dots, and attempt to portray the possibilities in palettes.

Online Color Tools

Color Codes Matching Chart HTML

Note that the conversions in this color codes chart are best described as “nominal”. They will produce an invertible conversion between the RGB code and a subset of CMYK; that is, one can take an RGB color code and convert to certain CMYK colors, and from these CMYK colors obtain the matching, original RGB codes.

Online Color Tools

Color Hunter

Color Hunter is a place to find and make color palettes created from images.

Online Color Tools

Color Match

Color Match is a website tool showing how to match website colors and help in choosing a website color scheme or color code. Also displays the HTML Color Code.

Online Color Tools

Gray Bit

GrayBit is an online accessibility testing tool designed to visually convert a full-color web page into a grayscale rendition for the purpose of visually testing the page’s perceived contrast.

Online Color Tools

ColourMod

ColourMod originally made its debut as a web-based DHTML Dynamic Colour Picker. Since the inception of OS X from Apple, ColourMod has been ported to the Dashboard interface and is fully functional in OS X Tiger and Leopard.

Online Color Tools

ColorZilla

Advanced Eyedropper, Color Picker, Palette Viewer and other colorful goodies for your Firefox

Online Color Tools

Color Blender

Pick a color value format, input two valid CSS color values in the format you chose, and pick the number of midpoints you’d like to see. The palette will show the colors you input as well as the requested number of midpoint colors, and the values of those colors.

Online Color Tools

Color Blender

Your free online tool for color matching and palette design!

Online Color Tools

Color Grab

ColourGrab is about er.. colours! Type a URL of any online image below and our system will tell you the most used colours from that image, and as a result give you some inspirtation! Not bad if you ask me! So without further-ado,

Online Color Tools

Web Color Visualizer

To visualize color combinations, roll over the swatches to change the color of the elements.

Online Color Tools

ColorMunki

ColorMunki is the industry’s hottest all-in-one color solution that delivers unparalleled color control and color creation tools for photo and design digital workflows.

Online Color Tools

Easy RGB

From your RGB colors it creates colors complements, harmonies and themes.
It can be used to easily generate a Web site color theme or to select good trim and accent colors for your home decorations.

Online Color Tools

4096 Color Wheel

Online Color Tools

Color Schemer Online

Online Color Tools

Color Schemer

Online Color Tools

Color Combos

Online Color Tools

Color Jack – Color Theory

Online Color Tools

Pourpre

Online Color Tools

Color jack Sphere

Online Color Tools

Color Mixers

Online Color Tools

Colorotate

Online Color Tools

Unsafe Colormatch Template

Online Color Tools

I Like Your Colors

Online Color Tools

Colr

Online Color Tools

Colour Check

Online Color Tools

Color Lab

Online Color Tools





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Nice list. I use the Kuler Air app frequently.

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These types of articles can be helpful for finding out about new apps but 50 “Best”, come on. At least 25% of these apps are crap that no one will ever use. Some are so similar to others as to be indistinguishable.

Instead of doing a Google search, and listing everything that pops up, this would be much more useful and interesting if it were narrowed down to ten really good apps.

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Take the time to evaluate the apps, and tell us why you like the best ones.

I love these tools. Nothing makes my eyes happier than creating color schemes, so finding so many ways to do it is absolute heaven for me. Thanks!

I don’t really use the tools. Yo can’t be original following these…

WIth all this science and technology what are we to do when a client says I am not digging the colors you chose, they don’t pop!

As if we picked the color schemes from our own personal taste instead of instinct, research and target audiences…

Thanks and Regards

Noel for Nopun.com
a graphic design studio

All of these fantastic apps and not one mention of Color Expert for iPhone?
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I generally just use photoshop for the job, but it freezes up, so this tools will come in handy. Thanks!

I’ve used a few of these in the past. There is one I liked best that you had to download something and pay for it. As far as these are concerned, I will need o spend some time experimenting.

That for for compiling all these tools. They really are helpful.

I went to SlayerOffice.com to check out their tool. Frankly, with a name like SlayerOffice, I was expecting a lot more awesomeness. Have they ever heard Slayer?

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“Color Scheme Designer” satisfies the need for 85%!

Checkout http://colourlovers.com/ I really enjoy this site for color inspiration.

I can’t believe you neglected to mention http://colourlovers.com/

Most of the tools mentioned above aren’t nearly as sophisticated.

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A lot of thanks for the list

colourlovers.com has to be my favorite color design tool and it’s not even on the list.

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Kashif

whoa! Thanks for the colleciton! I personally use only colors on the web. Do we really need so many?

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I always have a problem with color blending but now these tools help me to blend and combine the color easier than ever. Many thanks.

Thanks for these wonderful color tools and resources for designers. That is exactly what I have been looking for a long time. Thank you again.

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