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The Easy Way to Pick Colors: Kuler Color

abstract:Even if you are not a design professional, there are situations when you need to come up with a palette of color swatches: you're picking wall paint or furniture fabric after a house reno, you're designing a new web site and need a set of colors - or like me, you're in publishing and need to determine colors accents for a large format coffee table style book. Check out kuler Kuler is the web-hosted application that is part of the Adobe suite used for generating color themes that can inspire any project. No matter what you're creating, with Kuler you can experiment quickly with color variations and browse thousands of themes from the Kuler community.You can load in a picture and will come up with a set of swatches automatically that you can brighten or mute as needed. Name and save the chip sample, post it to friends or colleagues. It's an indispensable tool in several industries. Here's how it works. After registering as a user (it's free) you can create your own swatches by uploading a photograph and then letting the program do the work. It picks 3 to 4 or 5 colors from your sample and you can select a mood, "brighter, muted, deep, darker or custom." These make subtle changes to the palette that might be more in line with your project goal. You can save swatches and refer to them again and again, and you get to see what other users have come up with when they name a swatch set. Go ahead, give it whirl.


November 01, 2011



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