Many moons ago (back in January, to be precise), I mentioned in the "Groovy Colour Tool Number 1" post that Frank had found *two* groovy colour tools. The year has finally quietened enough that I can now bring you the second of these. It's not so much one tool, as a group of similar tools for you to explore.
Some of you will be familiar with Design Seeds, the website where designer Jessica Colaluca presents colour palettes based on selected photos. If you haven't seen her website, definitely take a look for lots of colour-combo inspiration.
But what if you want to use a photo of your own to generate palettes? As it turns out, all you need to do is use your favourite search engine for colour palette generators.
I used CSS Drive's palette generator on a photo of a necklace that I made, to isolate some of the colours in that photo. All you need to do is upload your photo, click "get palette" and you're done. Here's a screen cap of the results:
So, as you can see, the image that I uploaded is on the right, and underneath are several neutral shades that I selected from the complete colour palette. You can also go with CSS Drive's selected palettes, above left, which are broken down according to light, medium and dark. You can use photos taken from websites to generate palettes, as CSS Drive allows you to search for photos via URLs. Just a reminder, though: don't publish a palette that has been generated using someone else's photo without getting the copyright holder's permission first, if you plan also to publish their photo with your palette.
Another great site that allows you to play around with colour is Colour Lovers. They describe themselves as '. . . a creative community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes and patterns, discuss the latest trends and explore colorful articles. . .'. They also sell software which will allow you to generate palettes on your home computer, along with creating gradients and mixing colours. This is now on my list of Nifty Things I Must Have.
I just want to mention that these sites are free to use, and therefore have advertising links on them to support them. Please use good judgement when clicking on links in any unfamiliar websites.
We hope you enjoy a more colourful summer - the web is full of places to start!