If you’ve followed me a while, you already know that every color palette I share here is made from scratch with my best friend Photoshop. If you’ve been curious how to make your own, and you have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, I show you the basics over in this video. Or you can grab a simple template here.
But I know that not everyone has, or can afford, Photoshop or Elements (though the Creative Cloud subscription Adobe offers is fabulous and affordable). So, if you’d like to try your hand at color palettes, but would prefer an online option, here’s a quick list.
Adobe Kuler is my go-to suggestion for online color palette generators because it’s free, easy to use, and has algorithms if you’d like to practice your color theory-based palettes. I’ve got a quick how-to-use-it explanation at the bottom of this post, and a free class if you’d like to learn how to use the Kuler app.
COLOURlovers is great because it makes it easy for you to make and share color palettes in a bigger community. And if you click around a bit, you’ll find ColorSchemer, which makes a program and a phone app, if you’d prefer an offline option.
Sphere is nice because it offers six swatches instead of five. Sometimes, you just need that extra color, you know? I’m also a fan that they make it easy to tell what the hex codes are; they are right there on the swatch for easy reference.
Color Scheme Designer is fantastic because while there are only four base colors, they show shades and tints on the final swatch area on the right, giving you immediate options without you having to guess.
Palette Generator is great because it allows you to upload a photo, select the area you want to focus on, then gives you not only the colors, but also the amounts of each used in that selection in a handy pie chart. Very nice, and hat tip to Lauren on this one!
Other Color Lists
- Roni from Bad Jones Rising has a list of color goodness
If making palettes isn’t your thing and you’d rather just collect them, come follow my Color Palettes and Swatches board on Pinterest.
Did I miss a generator? Got a favorite? Leave it in the comments below, and I’ll update this list.