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My mom tells me I’ve always been good with color, and I think she’s probably right. Give me a paint chip and I can pretty much guarantee I can custom color fondant to match. There’s a lot to know about color theory (my mom recommends Stepen Quiller’s Color Choices), but I tend to rely on my instincts.
When I do need help with color, I turn to the online Color Scheme Designer. I use it a lot when I’m creating new designs.
When you first arrive at the site, you see a monochromatic color scheme:
By moving the dot (indicated by the blue arrow below) around the wheel, you can change the base (or primary) color, also called the hue.
If you’re using the color scheme generator for technical purposes, say, for website colors, and need the hex color code, simply click on the color list tab at the bottom of the screen.
Let’s say I am making purple flowers and want to find colors that best compliment it. I can select the compliment, triad, tetrad, analogic, or accented analogic tab.
Complimentary colors are opposite on the color wheel:
Triadic colors are three colors spaced evenly apart on the color wheel:
Analogic colors are next to each other on the color wheel:
I tend to like bold and vibrant (some might say bordering on obnoxious) colors, but if you want a color palette that is darker or brighter, or more or less saturated, click the Adjust Scheme tab at the bottom. Here, the same analogic colors as the color palette above were used, but I adjusted the saturation and brightness:
I hope you find this tool as useful as I do. Please feel free to share any creative applications for it that others may not have thought of. Best of luck!
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