Isn’t color an amazing thing? It influences so much in your life – your mood, how a photo pops off a scrapbook page, whether you’ll buy something or not, and more. I love finding colors in my surroundings and incorporating them into my creations, as well as using ideas I find on the internet.
There are several options for generating colors. One I’ve played with is DeGraeve.com. You put in a link to your photo and then click Color-Palette-ify! and voila, two color palettes are displayed. One is dull and one is vibrant. Granted, this generator is designed for those creating web sites, but it still gives me great ideas for colors to use on a layout. It also reminds me to take photos with more colors, but that’s a whole different issue!
Another one I tried was CSS Drive. It lets you upload a photo or specify a URL. It gives you three palettes – light, medium, and dark that each contain seven colors, as well as the complete color palette. Plus you can save as Photoshop Swatches if you are doing anything digitally.
When I’m strictly looking for inspiration, I head to sites with palettes created from their photos or ones they have. My favorite is Design-Seeds.com. The photos are amazing and the color combinations just speak to me. Well not always, but I can usually find one or two each time I stop by, which is every few days. Some times the photos are as inspiring as the colors.
Another site I’ve recently discovered is actually for wedding planning but the color palettes are amazing! It is ThePerfectPalette.com. And the photos are really fun with cool party and photography ideas.
And if all else fails, I pull out my handy-dandy color wheel, which I happen to have two stashed in a drawer by the table I create at. Don’t have a handy-dandy color wheel? No worries, there are several available on the web. Try this one from Color Scheme Designer. It let’s you move around the wheel and select from mono, complement, triad, and more. You’ll have fun playing if nothing else.
How do you find colors for your scrapbook pages and other creations? I’d love to hear so leave me a comment and/or link if it’s a web site.
Hope your day is full of beautiful colors!