Whether you're editing a photo or creating a graphic design, having an established colour palette can make your life a lot easier. This tool generates a large selection of colours you can use in your design from a single photo.
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There's a lot of work that goes into laying out a beautiful home. Art can help jazz up the place, but the last thing you want is a nice print that clashes with your room's colour theme. ColorSearch can help.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
iOS/Web: Whether you're designing a web page or trying to find a decorating theme for your home, the right colour scheme is essential. The web site and iOS app Coloors makes finding new palettes as easy as pressing the space bar.
Colours are important to making things look good, whether it's the clothes you wear or the presentation you give at work. But not everyone instinctively knows that orange and blue is a perfect combination. If you can't trust your own judgement, understand and rely on the basics of colour theory to always pick the right colours.
The distinctive purple tone used on Cadbury chocolate wrappers (Pantone 2685C purple) isn't just instantly recognisable -- it's a legally-protected trademark. That trademark was upheld this week in a UK legal battle between Cadbury and rival Nestle, leaving the Kraft-owned Cadbury with the exclusive right to use the shade on chocolate bars and drinks.
Android: LifeDropper is a tiny app that uses your phone's camera to snap a picture and present information about the dominant colour in the centre of the frame. It's meant to be used just like the "eyedropper" tool that's in nearly every image-editing app in existence, except instead of being used on a screen, it's for real life.
<img src="http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2009/02/Mondrianum1.png" alt="" />Mac only: Colour picker application Mondrianum adds Adobe Kuler colour schemes in a plug-in for OS X—choosing killer colour schemes has never been easier. Once installed, using the application is as simple as opening the colour picker in any application that supports choosing colours with the built-in picker, and then clicking the Mondrianum icon on the right. You can search for colour schemes on the Kuler web site, though accessing the colour scheme data requires an internet connection, so you'll need to be online for it to work—but colour schemes can be saved as Apple colour lists for offline use, making this a great application for anybody trying to find the right colours for their projects.Mondrianum is a free download for Mac, works in most Cocoa apps. If you'd rather create a colour scheme from a picture, check out previously mentioned Colours Pallete Generator, or get colour codes in Firefox with ColorZilla.Mondrianum
Colors Palette Generator turns a picture with a pleasing look into a palette of equally pleasing colours for your web site or design project. You can upload any PNG, GIF or JPEG that is less than 1MB in size and Colours Palette Generator will extract colours from it. The application creates three basic palettes of the light, medium, and dark colours, as well as a grid of 49 shades from the image if you're not satisfied with the palettes it has created. Once you've got the look you like, you can export it as either a Photoshop swatches file or as a CSS stylesheet. Free to use, no sign-up required.Colors Palette Generator
Windows only: ColorPad is a lightweight colour picking application. Weighing in at only 148k and fully portable, it's no burden at all to tuck it in your flash drive toolkit. The default interface is spartan and will appear a bit dated to users that have grown used to some of the flashier graphics in modern operating systems like Vista. Fortunately if the chunky graphics of the default skin bother you, it's a completely skinnable app. Appearances aside, ColorPad delivers a ton of features in a tiny package. You can grab the colour value of anything you can see on your screen in hex, dec, and floating point number format. ColorPad has a persistent zoom function and a split screen option. There are numerous keyboard shortcuts that cover the basic functions and allow you to do more advanced tweaks like shift the colour once you've grabbed it. ColorPad is freeware, Windows only.ColorPad
If the digital photo you just uploaded looks washed out on Flickr compared to in your desktop image editor, that's because Firefox 3's advanced colour profile support isn't turned on. To enable it, type about:config in Firefox 3's address bar, then click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button. Then, in the Filter field, type gfx.color_management.enabled and set that value to true (its default value is false). Restart Firefox. From there on in, your photo colours will be richer than they were. Why isn't this value true by default? Well, according to Mozilla, you'll see a 10-15% performance hit using this setting, but if you've got a reasonably fast machine, it'll be worth the better-looking photos. Hit the link below for an extended explanation of Firefox's colour profile support.Firefox 3: Colour profile support (oh the pretty, pretty colors)