I wanted to briefly highlight one of my favorite tools for working with colors: the aptly named coolors.
It’s a popular tool amongst web devs — if you haven’t heard of it, you’re in for a treat.
What I like about this site is:
- Its free tier doesn’t restrict key features, nor does it require login
- The user interface is fantastic compared to most color-picker tools
- The color palette generator is helpful when trying to brainstorm color combinations
To expand on #3 a bit:
I’m a very visual person. I find it hard to create color palettes off the cuff without first visualizing whether a set of colors suit each other.
Coolors allows me to generate a completely random set of colors or input a base set of predefined colors within seconds. It instantly generates suggested color combinations with the space bar — no color theory expertise is necessary.
If it looks good, I can tell right away from the palette. If only a subset of the colors suit my needs, I can lock the favorable colors and generate new ones based on the locked palette.
As a bonus, each new palette exposes a unique URL for easy bookmarking.
It’s a simple workflow but very powerful for quickly experimenting with color palettes for web design projects.
Try it out; you won’t be disappointed!