Exploring and finding color can be an intimidating part of being an artist, photographer or designer and, for many creatives understanding color can be a challenge. In this post I tried to capture a few ways to explore color. Many of these include online color scheme tools and I realize that I only included a fraction of these tools in this post. I tried to include tools that had something a little different to offer than all of the other tools out there. Please let me know if I missed your favorite ways to explore color.
Find color in nature
Go outside and observe nature, architecture and your community. This can be a great place to explore color and possibly the easiest to over look. Our lives are filled with colors schemes and with a little observation, you may be surprised at what you find.
Find color in foods
Food is rich with color variety, from natural foods like fruits, vegetables, grains and meats to created treats like Ice Cream.
Tools for finding color in photographs
COLOURlovers PhotoCopa tools is my favorite tool for exploring color in photographs. It is easy to use and dynamically generates color as you make changes.
Color Hunter simply extracts the top five colors from your uploaded photograph. Quick and easy with no frills.
Tools for building color schemes
Color Scheme Designer like the others allows you to build color schemes manually. One really cool feature of this one is that it will show you what your color scheme looks like to people with various types of color blindness.