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The Top 8 Color Palette Sources for Web Designers
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Luckily, there are quite a few sources for finding beautiful color palettes or even creating your own using various methods like 3D, blending, uploading images, randomizing and more. So let’s take a look at 8 of the top color palette sources for web designers and see how each one can inspire you to create brilliant, vibrant designs.

ColoRotate

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ColoRotate is a beautifully designed site that lets you browse color palettes and create your own in 3D. You can spin and tilt the diamond to get different views and create palettes with up to 16 colors each. They also offer a Photoshop plugin that lets you edit colors within a 3D widget and share your palettes online.

COLOURlovers

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COLOURlovers is a personal favorite because it’s not just a source for color palettes and patterns, it’s also a great community for designers and other color lovers. You can browse and create your own colors, palettes, palette templates, and patterns. They also offer several tools to help you build color palettes, color schemes, Twitter themes, and patterns.

ColorSchemer

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ColorSchemer has a huge collection of color schemes for download. You can also connect with others in the color forums. If you want to create your own color palettes and access over a million pre-made color schemes, you can download ColorSchemer Studio 2 on your PC or Mac for $49.99. They also have an iPhone/iPod Touch app, Mac dashboard widget and Windows color picker desktop tool.

ColorBlender (click on browse blends)

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At ColorBlender you can blend colors together to create and save palettes for later use. You can also download palettes that you’ve create to be used in Photoshop and Illustrator. If you need a little inspiration, you can browse through their large inventory of pre-made palettes and even edit those palettes to make them your own.

ColorCombos

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ColorCombos has a combo tester for testing color combinations together and creating schemes, a combo library for browsing color schemes and palettes, and a color maker generating color palette images to share. The color scheme extraction tool is useful because it lets you grab colors from any web page just by entering the URL.

ColorExplorer

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ColorExplorer lets you create, save and browse through pre-made color palettes. One of the best parts of creating a palette is that it always shows you the Web-safe color closet to the color you want to use; this is great for those who design exclusively for the web. It has a lot of extra features like the ability to apply filters to your palettes, import colors from an image, and import colors from an HTML/CSS/TEXT file.

Color Hunter

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Color Hunter lets you create and find color palettes made from images. You can search by tag, hex code or image URL. You can also upload your own images and add pre-made palettes to your favorites for later referencing.

SwatchSpot

image04swatchspot.pngSwatchSpot lets you create and save random color swatches. You can lock in the colors that you definitely want in your swatch and then click on the “shuffle colors” button to shuffle the unlocked colors. Keep shuffling and locking colors until you find something you like. This is a great way to get some quick inspiration whenever you’re just not sure where to start.

What’s your favorite source for color palettes and swatches?

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