15 Useful Color Mixers For Effective Designing


I wanted to create this list, because there are times when I struggle choosing my design colors –  for me it’s not always easy task to just play with the colors and choose the right ones – of course, there are few favorite colors for everybody, but finding new great color combinations are not so easy task. That’s why there a lot of helpful resources to ease this task,  and I am here to show You those!

Hopefully this will help You to create new designs and the process will become a little easier.

1. Colourlovers


This is a great resource that monitors different color trends. There are a lot of colors for ad campaigns, packaging design, web design – You can check out different color schemes and patterns, compare color palettes, read color related articles, interviews – yes, there are also blog there.

New color schemes are regularly created and examples of the way colors are used in the real world – and there are rating system to give You a chance to find out the most popular ones. And I think this is one of the best places to check out for harmonic color combinations and get inspiration.


2. Kuler


Kuler is nice place created by Adobe company, where You can browse popular created color themes and create Your own from colors, images and get really advanced options and possibilities to create something really great! You can upload images from Your desktop or flickr, which is pretty handy too. To save and download themes You must register with Your Adobe account. You have possibilities to even download “Kuler desktop” software to  browse, search and save themes directly from Your desktop.


3. ColorBlender


There are lot of color combinations available there – and that’s pretty nice way to easily choose between colors.   It’s free online tool – just choose Your preferred color using the color picker  and 6-color  palette will be calculated from this color automatically. If Your browser accepts cookies You can save colors and use them whenever You return to this site from the same computer. When You are finished, You can easily download blend in Photoshop format *.act or for Illustrator colors *.eps.


4. ColorExplorer


ColorExplorer is free online tool for creating and working with color palettes.  There are many options with color circle, color libraries, color pickers and much more. Check out few screenshots with features creating Your own unique color palette.

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The ColorExplorer toolset include, but is not limited to:

  • color matching; from a single color to a full matching palette – instantly
  • browsing popular color libraries
  • NCS color picker (Natural Color System)
  • conversion hints between multiple color libraries (RAL, PANTONE, and more)
  • palette export for use in popular programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • color palette analysis and import from images/photographs
  • centrally stored palettes for easy access
  • palette filters and styles


5. ColorSchemer


Interesting resource offering 3692 different color schemes for now, So You have a little list to choose from. I enjoy this resource because of its forum, where You can discuss with other designers, color tips and get answer to Your questions and blog where You can get even more great colors and find out where to search for any.


6. ColorJack


ColorJack even on the first page offers different color palettes and just mouse over to get even more 6 similar colors. There are also list with useful color related links and more advanced color mixing software, I am describing You below.


I think this software are the main reason I enjoy this site too. There are three different online software tools – Color Galaxy, Color Sphere and  Color Studio.

Below You can see Color Galaxy and Color Sphere  – nice tools to play with and get really the right color You want. You can also download these software as widgets.

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7.Color Combo


Check out this resource too – choose colors from palette or tags cloud. Nice feature is, You can grab the specific website colors just by entering web address.



8. Colortoy

Colortoy is another online flash color scheme generator. It generates complementary color schemes based on Your inputted color code – it felt good to play with the software, but You can use it also in the serious projects, this program definitely do his job.


9. Colr

Colr.org has been around since Year 2005 – it fulfils the purpose to fiddle with colors as fun thing and load Your own image – get the best colors out of it!


10. 100 random colors

Handy little color page using AJAX and offering 100 random colors, refresh the page to get another 100 random colors. Every color got his code in the square, so You can easily grab the code. Good stuff if You cannot decide which color You really want.


11. Deagreve – Color Palette generator

Just enter the complete URL to the image to get out the colors. Very simple, but fast and handy software. There are also many more useful little software to create simple business card, favicon etc.


12. WellStyled Color Scheme

Little, useful service to play with color circle and choose between  6 different variations – default, pastel, dark pastel, light pastel, contrast and pale. As an output You  get 5 similar colors to choose from. Actually just play with all the options – those are pretty much there.


13. Colors On The Web


Besides 3 different color tools and mixers, You can learn also about color theory, color terms, how to combine the colors, color contrast and lot more. Nice resource if You are interested not only mixing colors, but also want to dig deeper – learning about color and definitions.


14. Gpeters.com color schemes

Get Your color scheme just submitting word or phrase, service will grab 5 related images from Yahoo images and get 6 most distinctive colors from each.

You can also choose from the huge list of color schemes.


15. Color Calculator

Color wheel where You can choose between RGB, CMYK, HTML  colors, change saturation, lightness values and choose between different harmony settings.


I am planning to create similar list with different pattern and stripe generators, so if You are interested – keep in touch!

Dainis Graveris

Dainis is 25 years young man, who struggled for 3 years while studying in design academy and working for local design agency, because of ignorant teachers and agency boss. He couldn't believe this is all life could offer to him! And then he discovered true Internet possibilities, he was lucky to find his passion early in life and take advantage of this beautiful Information (Internet) Age! Now he is committed to help others succeed, to help others take charge of their life and follow their passion! His goal is to open Your eyes and help unveil Your true potential!

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  1. Stop Dreaming Start Action says

    great list, this is great design tools, thanks

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  2. PY says

    you’ve missed Pourpre… (pourpre.com)

    Oh yeah it’s in french, but you should take a look at their “Chromograph”!

  3. Kris says

    Really good post.
    It is so handy to have a look at a few of these tools when picking colours. The little details make a big difference.


  4. Matt says

    Wow, thank you for this very complete list ! I’m a big ColourLovers fan, for the community aspect and for their wonderful tool COPASO that lets you extract colours from pictures.
    Still after reading your post I think I’d like to find something as good but with a white background, to be able to switch between the two, so as to keep a fresh look on what I’m doing.

  5. CoolProducts says

    This is a sick list! #9. Colr looks incredible and I’m excited to give it a spin!

  6. says

    Great list! The one I use most is the well styled site, it’s great when you are working with a color and want to find colors to work with…I’m checking out some of these others too.


  7. says

    I could so use this for upcoming designs! Fantastic list you’ve made here. Loved it!

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