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Color is a vital part of a design, but it can be daunting choosing a palette for your logo, branding, or design piece. Luckily these three quick and simple approaches can help you create a pleasing color palette.

1. Paint Swatches at Home Improvement Stores

Home improvement stores make it easy to put color combinations together. Single paint swatches are easy to select and mix-and-match, but many home improvement stores also have a section with samples of room themes that include palettes of 3-5 colors. You can see this in the center section of the photo above. You’ll probably want to tweak these to fit your needs, but it can be a good place to get ideas as a starting point.

2.  Coolors

Coolors is a free online browser-based app that randomly generates color palettes and lets you modify them as needed. It’s very user-friendly and the site even includes a quick tutorial upon your first visit. You can also upload a photo, and Coolors will pull a palette from the colors in the image.

The site is available to use without registering, but you can create a free account to save a library of your color palettes.

3.  Adobe Color

The Adobe Color site is a bit like an advanced version of Coolors. It isn’t as intuitive, but it has more options for auto-generating palettes based on the colors’ relative positions on the color wheel.

You can create some fun palettes just by clicking around and exploring. If you do know a little bit about color theory, you’ll find a number of interesting options along the left-hand side. You can also click and drag each individual color around the color wheel to get the perfect hues.

Like Coolors, you can access the site for free without registering, but you will need an Adobe Creative Cloud account to save the palettes.


These are just a few of the color palette tools out there, but they provide a good range of options from simple to complex. If you need a little more help with your layout and design, our pre-press team can assist you. Give us a call or send us an email today to discuss your project!

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