Which is the Best Colour Palette Generator?
From illustrators to 3D artists and graphic designers, everyone needs a good colour palette generator. Getting the perfect mix of colours can make or break your project, it can give you inspiration and help you decide on a concept. There are many tools that can help you achieve this, but which one is the best? To make your life easier, we have tested some of the most popular colour palette generators out there and listed their best features. In no particular order, here are the best tools we reviewed…
Coolors is definitely among our most favourite tools. The user friendly interface and great functions you get, make it one of the best free colour palette generators you can find online. Available under iOS, Android and as an Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator extension, Coolors is definitely a winner. You don’t even need to log-in or create an account to be able to use the web application. It also gives you the opportunity to play around with five main colours which are highly customisable. You can specify a few colours of your choice and let the tool generate you complimentary palettes. You can save, refine, and export palettes as much as you want. Try it out today!
When it comes to software in aid of graphic designers and creatives alike, Adobe doesn’t have much competition. Adobe Color CC is another wonderful, highly customisable tool that lets you generate impressive colour palettes with just a few clicks of your mouse. Within seconds you can switch between suggestions for monochromatic colour combinations, complementary palettes and so on… The options are almost endless, which makes Adobe Color CC among the most useful colour palette generators out there.
Similar to Adobe Color CC, Adobe Hue CC gives you plenty of options to choose from when it comes to colour palettes. However, the main difference is that just now, Adobe Hue is available only for iPhone and iPad devices. It is also specifically tailored to video editing and anyone interested in palettes in video format, would have a really good use of Adobe Hue CC.
Paletton is another of our favourite palette generators with plenty of free functions and useful sharing options. Similar to Adobe Color CC, it uses a colour wheel, which gives you a lot of opportunities to work your way through different colour combinations. You can also take advantage of the presets available on Paletton. They may help you decide quicker on your favourite colour combination. Although, like most other free tools, Paletton is surrounded by internet ads, which might put you off.
Color Hunter is not the most exciting colour palette generator, but it’s definitely a quick and simple option if you want to find out which five colours dominate your favourite image file. Using the tool could not be easier – you just have to upload an image file and wait for a few seconds for the colour palette to be generated for you. If you want to use more advanced presets and add palettes to your favourites, for example, you have to create an account.
If you need a simple and fast solution to your colour palette issue, Material Palette could be the answer to your problems. It has simple design which generates for you a palette based on two main colours. Similar to other tools, you can customise your palette and you get to use some very decent sharing and exporting options.
Similar to Color Hunter, Pictaculous gives you a very quick answer to one question – what colours to use with my image? You only have to upload the image you have in mind and the tool does the work for you. This is a great option for anyone who doesn’t have time to spend choosing the perfect palette…
Colllor is another good online colour palette generator. It enables you to check all variations that derive from the same, main colour and they will all have a common denominator sharing hue, lightness or saturation values. This tool will let you find the exact value of darker shades of any colour, not just something that ‘looks darker’.
Color Schemer Online is a quick and easy to use tool for anyone looking for a colour scheme suggestion on the go. With the online version of Color Schemer, you get limited options, where with the desktop tool, you will get a lot more opportunity to generate your unique colour palettes.
Colourco is a really cool tool that enables you to generate different colour combinations within seconds of loading it on your screen. Moving your mouse up and down, as well as left and right will generate colours for you. The only thing you need to do to settle on a colour, is to click on your mouse. Then you have the option to save the colour in a wide variety of file formats as well as to “unlock” your colour or scheme and start the process all over again. We highly recommend trying the options available on Colourco!
Colorotate is another excellent colour palette generator which you can use either on your iPad or on your computer. Both mobile and desktop versions allow you to get colour suggestions within seconds. If you want to use the full functionality of the tool, you would have to create an account with Colorotate. It only takes a few minutes and we promise it will be worth the fuss!
Colorhexa has the same abilities as many of the other colour palette generators in this article. However, this tool allows you to understand more about the colour you have chosen. You will also get a quick overview of the colour’s alternatives, shades, tints and tones. Give it a try!
You can play all day long with Color. It proves as a great tool if you want to generate some quick colour ideas. It works in a similar way to Colourco, where the colour changes according to the movement of your mouse on the screen. Locking a colour is the same, too – you only need to click on the colour, when you think it is the one you’re looking for. Even if you didn’t nail the colour the first time, you can always go back and customise it further. With Color. you can generate as many colour combinations as you want.
ColorBlender is a great tool if you want to play with RGB settings. Simply slide the cursor left and right on the RGB scale and you’ll generate a blend of six main colours. All you need after that is to download or send your current blend, which is very simple with the functions offered by the ColorBlender online tool.
If you want to add some old-style 8bit feeling to the colours of your new project, the Color Ramp Creator by PixelFor.me is the perfect tool for the job. You can create and preview resulting palettes on the go by dragging parameter sliders, and choosing from 16-shaded palette down to 4-shaded. Also, by copy/pasting the url you can share the palette you have created. Some of the main features include instant preview, inspirational retro look, big control sliders and palette sharing URL.
If you prefer to work with a colour wheel when you generate your colour palettes, Mudcube Color Sphere is the ideal choice for you. By dragging the main six pointers on the wheel, you will get a palette of six colours that compliment each other. You can then select to customise them further or save them for future use. All in all, Mudcube is a great option if you need a quick solution for your next creative project.
There you have it – 16 of the best colour palette generators out there. Which one is your favourite? Do you think we’ve missed a handy tool you find more useful? Let us know in the comments below.