We have all seen the appalling colors of a bad PowerPoint presentation or a horribly colored website. Appealing visual media doesn’t just happen.  It is created by graphic designers. One of the hardest parts of creating a beautiful design is choosing the right colors for a project. Determining colors for a web project or even PowerPoint presentations is often difficult for the average non-graphic designer.  Because I am a pseudo-graphic designer (I know what looks good nor am I formally trained in graphic design), I use color tools to inspire my creations or to create matching color palettes for me.  I thought I would share some of my tools that I use and hopefully some of you can use these to create more visually stimulating content.

Color Scheme Designer

Color Scheme Designer

The Color Scheme Designer is a great tool for anyone trying to pick colors for a website especially non designers/non-artists.  It also works great to create awesome colorful PowerPoint Presentations.

The site gives you several different settings: mono chromatic for a one color multi tone site to a tetrad color scheme. It’s a fun tool just to find great colors.

The ultimate cool factor is it also creates color schemes that are good for color blind people.

Adobe Kuler

This is a site where you can create new color schemes; see what other color palettes people are using. You can pick them, rate them or be inspired by them and it integrates into Adobe Creative Suite 4 & 5.


Another color picking tools It allows you to save your color schemes.  You can also down load it to Photoshop Color Table (.act), or illustrator Colors (.eps) or have it emailed to your in box.

Color Palette Generator

Enter the URL of an image to get a color palette that matches the image. This is useful for coming up with a website color palette that matches a key image a client wants to work with.

Color Match 5k

I have been using this tool for 8 years. It’s simple and it’s great.  Choose one color and it creates a color palette for you. Most of my website designs have used this tool.