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Colour can adds the charm to any design whether it for web or for print. If you’re able to achieve a good balance within your design, then it’ll communicate a stronger message much more easily to the users or readers because certain colours can “activate” certain types of emotions whether it is of thinking, change actions or cause reactions.

Here are 12 of some of the best colour tools which you as a designers can’t afford missing.

1. Adobe Kuler

No matter what you’re creating, with Kuler you can experiment quickly with color variations and browse thousands of themes from the Kuler community.

2. Check My Colours

Check My Colours is a tool for checking foreground and background colour combination’s of all DOM elements and determining if they provide sufficient contrast when viewed by someone having colour deficits.

3. Pictaculous

Pictaculous is a tool that generate a colour palette from PNG, JPG or GIF image/photo that you upload. This tool also gives you colour suggestions.

4. Color Scheme Designer

This is a really great tool to help you get your colors right you can choose from mono, compliment, triad, etc. and you get a colour scheme on the right side of the page

5. Color Combos

Welcome to the world of colors where you’re sure to find the perfect color combination for your project with this great online tool.

6. Colour Grab

ColourGrab is about colours you just have to type a URL of any online image below and colour grab system will tell you the most used colours from that image, and as a result give you some inspiration.

7. Color Schemer

With this software from Color Schemer you can build dazzling color schemes this software is available for both mac & windows operating systems.

8. Color Explorer

Color Explorer is a tool that you can quickly and easily create, manage and evaluate color palettes for use in graphic design, web designs, layouts, and much more

9. Colour Lovers

Colour Lovers is a creative community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes and patterns, discuss the latest trends and explore colorful articles… All in the spirit of love.

10. Copaso – Color Palette Software

Copaso is an advanced color palette tool that helps you create the perfect color palette. If you’re finding copaso a bit too rich for your color creating tastes, you can always use our basic color palette tool.

11. Colorotate

ColoRotate is a 3D tool that you can browser color palettes, create your own, adjust, mix and blend to you heart’s content

12. Color Palette Generator

Auto magically create a color palette from any photo. You can choose or upload a photo and a colour palette based on the colours in the photo will be generated automatically. Use it to help with art projects, website design, or even with decorating your home


12 Awesome Colour Tools For Designers