On the topic of colors…here’s a fun toy, called ColorToy.
Click the Random button to see randomly chosen color schemes or input your own RGB or Hex value to start the color selection.
Copy the screen to save an image of the color scheme containing nine colors and their hex values.
Browse over 6000 color schemes at ColorSchemer. Professional color editing software is available from ColorSchemer. The color schemes that you can download are .cs files that can be opened by ColorSchemer Studio. Their PhotoSchemer, which helps you pick out a color scheme based on a photo, might well be worth the price of the software!
If you’re in a hurry hover your mouse pointer over the color blocks in your favorite color scheme and write down the #hex code from the tool tip. Now you’re all set to use your favorite new colors!
Better yet, sign up for a free account on ColorSchemer. For parting with an email address you’ll be able to build a personalized Favorite Schemes list. Once you sign up, go to the Scheme Gallery and browse to a scheme you like. You’ll see who made the scheme, the number of times its been downloaded, the scheme’s rating out of 5 stars (and how many people rated it), and a link called “Add Fav”. Click on Add Fav to put the scheme you like into your Favorite Schemes.
My Favorite Schemes will show what you have saved so far. What a nice service to allow us to collect these color schemes and save them for later.
I’ve been cruising through some new sites – to me at least – to get some ideas on a color scheme for a new website. I’ll have a few posts on color this week, so if you’re looking to find a new color scheme for your next site, stay tuned!
The first site I looked at for color schemes was ColourLovers and I came away duly impressed.
Colors, palettes and patterns can be viewed endlessly. Over 230,000 patterns and over half-a-million color palettes await your scores and comments.
The color community is thriving here with an active forum and lots of colors, patterns and palettes for free downloading.
Once you register with the site – it’s free – check out the palette maker. Under the Palette tab, click on Create New and start dragging colors from the color picker to the five spots just underneath Create a Palette. When you’re ready you can fill in some details for your final palette and add it to the community.
Colors are identified with their RGB and #hex equivalents, so it’s easy enough to plug those values into your css stylesheet or into The GIMP color picker when you need them.
There’s even more fun under the Patterns tab! Over a hundred patterns are ready for you to customize.
Colourlovers.com – what a wonderful site!
Since the new browser from Google has come out I’ve wanted to see how my various websites look in Chrome.
The fastest way to see how your site designs hold up in various browsers is to sign up for an account at Browsershots.
It’s as easy as ticking off a few boxes to select which browsers you want to view and hitting the Submit button.
As of today you can test your site designs in 31 browsers for Linux, 33 for Windows, 6 for Mac OS, and 11 for BSD. Each operating system is paired with the most popular browsers and some you’ve never heard of, like Dillo, Epiphany, Minefield, Shiretoko and others.
Now you don’t have to wonder what your designs look like to Mac or Linux or BSD users, or even in the newest version of browsers you don’t use on your PC.