Obligatory Website Color Tools Post

An assortment of website color selection tools, including web-smart options. Web-smart color is a palette of 4096 colors that are likely to display well on almost all modern displays. It has largely supplanted the earlier “web-safe” colors, which were a set of 216 colors likely to display well on all displays running at 256 colors or higher.

This post will be revised as I go through my bookmarks and with future tools and may end up changed into a reference page. More useful items are likely to end up higher up within the content of this post, and suggestions are welcome in the comments.

Color Picker is a simple web application that lets you use web-safe or web-smart colors and see how they’ll look.

MoreCrayons Web-Smart Palette tools has both a color cube (view interior of cube by unchecking boxes to hide the “layers” of color on the blue/Z axis) and a slider tool that only operates in the web-safe color ranges.

Adobe has a very nifty color theme tool called Kuler.

Sharebrain has a nice collection of links to color resources.

Giacomo Mazzocato has a very nice Accessibility Color Wheel that allows you to see how colors will appear to folks with some vision problems (various forms of “color blindness”).

Color Scheme Designer is a very powerful tool for picking a primary color and related colors that will work with that primary.

Acrovela has a listing of color tools.

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