Awesome Color Scheme Tool For Graphic Designers

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Choosing the right colors for a design project is pretty important. Which is why websites like Kuler and ColourLovers are so popular, especially with graphic designers. If you’re a fan of those sites, you have to check out It seems to work a bit differently in that the color palettes it creates are chosen mathematically through color harmony rather than simply picking colors at random.

Here are some highlights of Color Scheme designer:

  • No registration is currently required.
  • Creates color schemes based on theory.
  • Has a feature that allows you to see what color schemes will look like to those who are color blind.
  • There is an export option allowing you to open a color scheme in Photoshop or Gimp.

Possible Limitations Of Color Scheme Designer:

  • Doesn’t have cmyk or Pantone pallettes. The website says there were Pantone options but had to be removed at the request of Pantone. You can however always convert the hex or rgb colors to cmyk in a program like Photoshop or Illustrator. Although not all rgb colors convert well to the cmyk format.
  • At this moment, the tool is only offered as a browser option. There is no downloadable application.

Regardless of the limitations, I think this is a useful tool for anyone looking for new color pallettes for their projects; especially web designers working in the rgb and hexidecimal color worlds.

Feel free to share your thoughts by commenting below.


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  • Sahar

    I usually go to Colour Lovers but Color Scheme Designer is fantastic and I love it! I’ve worked with clients that were color blind so that feature is very useful. Thanks for the blog!

  • DesignBuddy

    Sahar thanks for the comment. I don’t believe I’ve ever worked with clients who were color blind but your comment peaked my curiosity. One website says that approximately 8%-12% of European origin males and about 1% of females have some sort of color vision deficiency. That’s way more than what I would have expected. Now I’m wondering if I should have an “are you color impaired” question on my design project questionnaire”.

  • luke melton

    Thanks for the post. I’ve never worked with a truly color blind person (that I know of) but have worked with a number who were what I call “not color aware.” These are folks who can tell you that something is “red,” but can’t easily distinguish between deep pink, magenta, etc. Also, many people simply are not mentally aware of color in their environment, as we designers tend to be. Thanks, again, and keep up the good work.

  • DesignBuddy

    Thanks for the comment Luke. Yeah, I think you hit the nail on the head. I believe I’ve had a few of those clients too. You send them a logo in red and they write back “I said red, not orange”. But then again, that may be an uncalibrated monitor at work. Happy new years.

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