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Annual Color Forecast SPONSORED BY PANTONE

Color Apps + Tools

Here are 18 tools, apps and generators that help creative professionals find, manage and create color schemes.

Looking for inspiration on-the-go? If so, PANTONE® has an app for you ‒ myPANTONE for Android and myPANTONE 2.0 for the iPhone. Both apps help creatives capture and share their inspiration from just about anywhere. www.pantone.com

Adobe Kuler
This is a web-hosted application for exploring, creating and sharing color themes. You can experiment quickly with color variations, and browse and use thousands of themes from the Kuler community. kuler.adobe.com

COLOURlovers is an international creative community where people create and share colors, palettes and patterns, discuss the latest trends and explore colorful articles. It also provides some basic tools and services. www.colourlovers.com

This menu bar utility helps create and grab colors. You can select colors using the standard built-in Mac OS X color pickers, or use the magnifying glass tool to pick up a color from the screen. You can then copy and paste the color using a number of different supported formats. www.colorchooserapp.com

ColorMunki is an all-in-one color stop that gives creative professionals complete control over their color creation tools. The site, from X-Rite, allows you to find, choose, and compare several different colors. www.colormunki.com

ColoRotate enables designers to deal with colors in 3D, in real time, and in a way that matches how our minds process color. You can actually see the multidimensional nature of colors and the relationships between the colors. www.colorotate.org

ColorSchemer Colorpix
A neat app that lets you grab the color values and screen coordinates at any pixel on your screen. ColorPix automatically translates any screen color into RGB, HEX, HSB and CMYK color values, and comes with a zoom-able magnifier. www.colorschemer.com/colorpix_info.php

Color Expert
Color Expert is an iPhone app, a guide that includes tools to facilitate the color settings, the process of capture, and a combination of several colors. www.code-line.com

Color Explorer
ColorExplorer is an online toolbox for working with color palettes. More elaborate than most, ColorExplorer lets designers quickly and easily create, manage and evaluate color palettes for use in graphic design, web designs and layouts. www.colorexplorer.com


Color Mood Designer
Color Mood Designer is an app for professional web and graphic designers, providing a quick way to find the right color combination for a web design project. The app currently boasts a professional database of well over 1,500 color mood combination swatches. yabadev.com/ColorMoodDesigner

Color Scheme Designer
A pay-what-you-wish app that lets designers create color schemes, apply rules, randomize to generate new ideas, export in many different formats, and even check for different kinds of color-blindness. www.colorschemedesigner.com

Harmonious palettes are the goal here. With Genopal, you save, download or share color palettes, and can include widgets to tweak them into a more harmonious balance relative to each other. The palettes can be saved for later use, read in HEX, or exported directly to PhotoShop or Illustrator. www.genopal.com

GrayBit is an online testing tool created to convert an entire web page into the grayscale so that you’re able to visually recognize certain contrasts between different elements in your layout. www.graybit.com

Hex Color Scheme Generator
This is a great tool to use if you want to create a beautiful and logical color scheme. It acts as an “advisor” for colors. You simply tell it which colors you’d like to use, and the app will generate the best results that match. www.2createawebsite.com/build/hex-color-scheme-generator.html

This simple tool helps web designers find lighter and darker colors based off a chosen color. 0to255 gives you a range of colors from black to white using intervals optimized for web design. Click on the variation you want and the hex code is automatically copied to your clipboard. 0to255.com

Pictaculous takes an image of your choice and generates a selection of color palettes based from it. With a simple PNG, JPG or GIF upload, you can turn a design-inspiring image into a functional design palette. This includes six suggested color codes to use with the image as well as Photoshop swatches. www.pictaculous.com

Tintbook CMYK color charts help graphic artists choose 4-color process tints for printing projects. After selecting a color, designers go to their color palette (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Quark), then enter the component values for that CMYK formula. There are over 25,000 CMYK screen tint colors. www.tintbook.com

This application is simple to use: upload an image that contains interesting nuances and Toucan will find out the hexadecimal value and create a color palette for you. It also has an color deficiency viewer. advanced.aviary.com/launch/toucan