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Color scheming with adobe’s best free tool

Selecting a harmonious color theme can be a daunting task. This powerful wheel can be a great starting point for any design project, branding your business, inspiration for your artwork, developing a party theme or redecorating your living room. You may have heard of this interactive pallet (it used to be called kuler), now it is referred to simply as the adobe color wheel. The tool is free, just go to color.adobe.com, I recommend logging in so you can save your themes.

On the left you will see the options to select from different color rules, if you aren’t familiar with color theory basics - here is a brush up:

  • Analogous: based on a careful selection of colors in the same area of the color spectrum. Usually the colors are differentiated by their vibrancy, and their contrast when compared to each other.
  • Monochromatic: derived from a single base hue and extended using its shades, tones and tints.
  • Triad: uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel.
  • Complementary: any two colors which are directly opposite each other.
  • Compound: uses multiple hues to come up with fairly unexpected combinations.
  • Shades: adding black to a pure hue for a subtle variation.

Not sure where to start? Click explore to browse popular themes by other users. Another great way to find your theme is to start with a photo. In the upper right corner, you will see a little camera, upload any photo and the color wheel will find the most dominant colors. Here is an example of my wedding bouquets and dresses. It picked up on the theme that I had created based on the photo. You can move the circles around to adjust the color pickers. On the left you can even select from different moods.

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So have fun with the adobe color wheel - it is an invaluable resource for any creative professional. If you are working with clients that want red text on a black background - this is also a great persuasive tactic to steer them in a different direction. Take a few screen shots and show them thoughtful combinations of colors that play well together instead. For more great resources, networking tools are skillshare courses, join fellow creatives on CreativeLivingWorks.com.


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