It used to be only graphic designers and fine artists played with color professionally. Now everyone with a website gets to choose color themes and schemes. But where do you find help and inspiration? Here are three resources you might want to check out if you need to get creative with colors online.
Adobe Kuler color theme creation and sharing tool. From Adobe Labs, this Flash-based tool lets you create color schemes, tag them, share them, and download them. When you create a scheme, you can choose from rules like Analogous (close together on the color wheel) and Complementary (opposite each other) or make a completely custom scheme.
Sessions.edu color wheel calculator. Also based on Adobe Flash, the Sessions.edu color wheel tool works similarly to the Kuler creation tool, but it offers the nice feature of letting you see your color choices mix it up in one of four abstract designs. It also offers a different set of rules than Kuler — I especially like the “triangle” choice which gives a split complement scheme.
COLOURlovers color and design community. This website offers a wealth of resources for picking colors and staying on top of color trends. Go to the Palettes page to search thousands of color schemes developed by COLOURlovers community members, Trends to see where magazines and websites are going with color, and the Forums to talk color.
Share your favorite resources for getting creative with color in the comments.