Best Color Palette Generators & Color Tools For Artists
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One of the most crucial elements to a great piece of art is color.
At first glance color seems like a simple thing. You just pick some colors and run with it, right?
I mean, you can. But there’s a lot more to color than that.
Color theory is a massive field of study because colors influences the way we think and perceive things. Colors interact with each other, so one color in your palette can completely change the way we perceive others.
Colors have different visual weights.
They also have different psychological connotations so your color choices play a huge role in the mood of your art.
In a nutshell: your color choices can make or break your entire piece.
Use Colormind to generate random color palettes inspired by films, photos, and famous art pieces.
You can also upload images and generate an exact color palette from that, or just start with a single color and work from there.
If you find a color you like but don’t like the whole scheme you can lock that color in and keep generating new schemes around it until you find exactly what you’re looking for.
You can also move your locked colors around in the lineup to play with different types of color spectrums that include your selected colors.
If you have two locked colors on either end of the lineup then Colormind generates intermediary colors. If you have two locked colors next to each other the other random colors will be more like wildcards.
Adobe is known for their amazing design tools and Color CC is no exception.
This lets you choose from 6 different types of color schemes or create a custom scheme.
Start by selecting a color and then moving it around the wheel you can adjust any palette in real time.
You can also upload images from your computer to analyze that exact color scheme and get the hex codes. That way you can grab colors from a picture you took or an inspiring image you found somewhere else.
You can also explore lots of premade color schemes created by other users to kick off your own creations. Plus you can save your favorite themes to your Adobe account for future reference.
So here’s one more awesome tool used to generate colors from your own images, from websites, or anything else.
You can also create your own from scratch so there’s plenty of options here.
If you have no idea where to start or just want to browse for inspiration you can view palettes from a general starting color or with certain themes like astronomy, plants, Christmas, seasons, and lots more.
This is a great place to find inspiration for color schemes if you aren’t 100% sure what you want, but have a general idea of your targeted mood and theme.
So PaletteGenerator is really simple with a focus on pulling colors from graphics.
This allows you to generate a color scheme based on any image you upload from your computer.
You can even select how many colors you want and you’ll get a palette all from one photo, depending on how complex you want your color scheme to be.
The coolest thing about this tool is that you can fragment images in case you just want to use a piece of one, which is pretty unique! Most other palette generators can only work with a whole image so this is extremely customizable.
This tool is kind of a rabbit hole but it’s so much fun to explore.
With Google’s handy color palette tool you can generate tons of color palettes based on works of art and even compare artwork with similar palettes.
This can be crazy useful if you’re going for a certain style, or if you want a collection of inspirational artworks to reference for your piece.
You can browse similar images or use your own image to create a new palette, but keep in mind that it goes into Google’s database.
Use the search function to find a certain mood or style of art, or just search randomly to discover new ideas.
Plenty of ideas to go around if you look hard enough.
Author: McKella Sawyer
McKella is an artist and freelance writer from Salt Lake City, Utah. When she isn't painting or writing for clients she loves to write fiction, travel, and explore the mountains near her home either on foot, horseback, or a mountain bike. You can view her art on Etsy and her writing services at TheCafeWordsmith.com.