I’m in the middle of a complete website overhaul (my previous portfolio site was intentionally web 1.0, if you’re wondering). While working with my developer friend Paul I noticed he was using COLOURlovers to select colors. I had to admit I’d never thought of the site as anything but a place to check out pretty palettes.
When you find a color or palette you love (like, say, the one I used to make the image above, just right click to Inspect Element and snag the hex code for the color you like. (You can also find the hex color codes by going to View Source in your browser.)
Paul likes to use the site because it’s a great way to find new color trends, especially if you’re working within a particular niche. COLOURlovers also has a lot of tools to use in finding the perfect colors.
And here are four more resources for picking perfect web colors:
- Colllor: This new site lets you explore color variations by the hex code or by the English name. For example, dark red or 8B0000. Click on a swatch to copy the hex code to your clipboard.
- 0to255: Enter the hex code of a color you’re working with, and 0to255 will generate an array of darker and lighter shades. It was released in 2010 by Shaun Chapman, a web designer who was tired of waiting for Photoshop to load.
- Kuler: Adobe’s entry into the color market has a lot of the same functionality as COLOURlovers. One benefit of Kuler is that you can access your palettes from within Creative Suite 5 applications.
- Color Hexa: Right on the front page is a super handy color converter—you can convert RGB to hex to CMYK to binary, even.
By the way—our All About Color Ultimate Collection is nearly sold out, and with good reason: it’s four color books and three audio files for just $69.99.