Those of me that know me well will know that I’m not that great at design. That is to say that I can design fluid and dynamic user interfaces, I’m just rubbish at designing color schemes. Thankfully there is a fix for this thanks to many online tools.
The first and best tool is Adobe’s Kuler. The tool allows you to select one color and it will then build up a color scheme of colors like that color or that match it. Another new feature is that it allows you to select an image and it will generate a color scheme from that. I have found that it is incredibly easy to use and it also provides information in various different color formats meaning that you will get a useful color out of it.
ColoRotate is an alternative to Kuler which offers similar functionality however I found it a little more difficult as you have to spin a 3D color representation. The tool is probably most useful as a plugin in Fireworks and Photoshop however the browser version is a bit of a pain
The third tool that is OK is the aptly named Color Scheme Designer. It isn’t as well designed as ColoRotate or Kuler, but it does the job at picking colors. There are less options as well, but it is usable and quick to load.
Sadly all of these tools are Flash based so I’ll probably do another review in the future when more HTML5 tools are released.