Oh, colors! Who does not love them? My favorite color is blue but to me, any color can look beautiful depending on where it appears. When it comes to designing things I always thought that choosing colors would be the easiest thing. But then came blogging! I still struggle with choosing the right colors for my theme. Do you have a difficult time to choose the perfect color scheme for a project, too?
Help is here. Let’s check out ways to come up with a beautiful and eye-pleasing color scheme for your next crafting project.
First step to the perfect color scheme: Use your imagination
Before you start browsing the web for color schemes take a minute to imagine your future project. Do you want to makeover a room in your home or design a free printable to put up in a girl’s nursery? Do you need to come up with colors you like or your clients? Is using only bold colors appropriate or do you need to include light ones, too? Do not rush through this step. I know you are anxious to get to work. But you will be confronted with myriads of colors and schemes to choose from in the next steps. You will save yourself time and nerves if you know what you are looking for.
Do you want to use the colors for your brand? Then you might want to check out the psychology of colors, too, for example in this overview on the eight most important colors in branding and their meaning.
A color scheme based on your favorite color
If you have nothing to start but a favorite color or one you definitely want or need to include (e.g. your bathroom tiles’ color for a room makeover) get the hex code of that color that you need for digital crafting. If you don’t know what your color’s hex code is you can go through the color section of ColourLovers or pick the hex code from a picture using a service like Color Picker Online.
Now you have a color to start with and a code.
You can check out the shades and tints of your color or find the complementary color to use with it with free online tools. You can easily do this on color-hex.com where you will also find details of your color, the triadic color scheme and ready to use palettes that include that color. You don’t need a hex code to start but you can just give a color’s name, too, or pick a color from the selection.
If you want another suggestion in color schemes then go to a service like Paletton.com and enter your hex code into the Base RGB field on the left lower corner. With the five little wheels (see picture) you can choose to get a scheme of your colors shades only, a 3-color or 4-color scheme or a 4-color scheme that you can adjust be dragging one color. The scheme will automatically adjust to your movement.
Pick a ready-to-use scheme
There are many resources out there to pick a color palette that is ready to use. For example, go check the Palette section of ColourLovers.com or DesignSeeds.com. If you have a color to start with, you can limit your search to palettes that include that color. You will find schemes that come with hex codes to use. At DesignSeeds you will also find an inspiration image with each palette. This is a bonus for digital crafting because you can see at a glance what color will make a nice background and which one a great accent, etc.
Of course, you can also browse Pinterest for color schemes. But you will sometimes not find the corresponding hex codes so you can’t just go ahead and use them.
Make a custom theme by an image that inspires you
Sometimes we see a beautiful photograph or image that just resonates. This is great and you can use this image to create a custom color scheme! (Just like over at DesignSeeds.com). You can easily make your very own palette with free tools. All you need is a digital image. If you want to use a picture in a magazine or book, for example, you will need to scan it or make a photograph of it. Then you need to load it on your computer.
If you want to use an image you found online, get the image-URL. You can find it by clicking the image with the right-click and copying the URL by clicking “copy link address” or “copy link location”. (Works in Firefox, Chrome, and Explorer, not sure about other browsers.)
Once you have the image link address or an image on your computer you can go back to Color Picker Online and find out about the hex codes of the image’s colors – manually that is.
Even easier, use the Canva Color Palette Generator that picks a scheme automatically after you uploaded a picture from your local drive.
Alternatively, use the automatic feature of Adobe Color to have a color scheme created for you. Click the color wheel button on the upper right side afterward to get the hex codes.
It’s your turn: Get color creative
After all that talking I have an assignment for you: Come up with a beautiful custom color palette you can use to make a printable using free resources, as shown in this post.
Don’t forget to have fun!