Friday, June 23, 2006

Show-n-Tell Thursday - Color Palette Utilities

This isn't really a Notes/Domino tip, although my applications have certainly benefitted. For those of you (like me) who are color-challenged, coming up with a color scheme for a new app is difficult. How many times can you do shades of gray? But you don't want the yellow, purple, and red nightmare that every company has one of, right? That's where this little site comes in handy. You can enter a starting hex value or choose from a color wheel, and it generates a nice coordinated palette for you. You can then create variations on the palette, like pastel, contrast, etc. There's even a dropdown that lets you view the palette as it appears to various types of color-blindness. It then provides you with the hex values of all the colors in the palette.

Which you can then take over here to convert to Notes-friendly RGB values.



Chris Toohey said...

Hi Esther!

I've always been partial to this color scheme picker myself:

Gives me more choices in the "spectrum" of my given primary color as well as gives me the RGB and HEX without the need to hit another site etc.

Let me know what you think!


Esther said...

Thanks, Chris. It is a nice site. The issue I have, though, is coming up with coordinating schemes. The one I found will let you choose a single color, and then will generate a nice pretty group of colors to go with it. It seems like yours just displays one chip of each major color in the same saturation as the color you picked/entered. Unless I want rainbow-brite apps, that doesn't help a lot. (I'm truly design-challenged.) The one I use reminds me of those paint computers they have at Home Depot, where you can choose a starting color and it will provide you with a bunch of different schemes for trim colors.