Have you ever wondered what the Hex # or RGB # of the colors in an image or photo were to create a color palette?
Now you can, with these six easy to use color palette generator tools!
Image Color Tools:
1. Color Hunter
Easy to use Color Hunter to create color palettes from images you upload (you must sign up for a free account) or that others have already uploaded.
If you click on one of the color samples you go to another page with more color palettes that go with the color you clicked on (and you can also enter a Hex # or an image URL and search):
Easy to use. Pictaculous – A Color Palette Generator (courtesy of MailChimp) has a very simple to use upload image. Once your image is uploaded Pictaculous will display “Your Palette” and the Hex #’s from the image. It will also offer you suggestions from KULER and COLOURlovers of color palettes similar to the image you uploaded, which you can then click on and go to their sites.
Easy to use, yet not very helpful. Adobe Color CC (formerly called Kuler) allows you to upload an image from your computer and you can choose from Colorful, Bright, Muted, Deep, Dark and Custom; HOWEVER it does NOT give you the Hex # so you would need to use your color picker to discover that.
I did not care for this one; however you might. The Photocopa on Colour Lovers has three options: Basic, Advanced, From a Photo.
The Basic I did not find very user friendly when it came to uploading my image. Every image I attempted to upload from my computer gave me a message “The image must have two colors” and they did. You can create color palettes by using the sliders; however you must be logged in to save your palette. You are supposed to also be able to add a URL of an image; however once again I got the message “The image must have two colors”. Then I discovered I needed to select TWO colors from the “Create a Palette” BEFORE I could upload an image – WHAT??? Not very user friendly.
So then I decided to check out the Advanced option and it was just as BAD! I was able to upload an image (I had to create an account to do this); however it gave me no information regarding the colors in the image, which I was hoping it would do:
Not one to be defeated, I moved onto the option From a Photo. You must be logged in to use this feature and you can only use an image that is already on the web and know the URL of the image.
Well I’ll be danged! This one really worked! Once your photo is selected you are presented with a variety of color palettes to choose from or you can click on a color to add to your palette below (where that red line is bottom left).
Easy to use. This color palette generator allows you to upload an image or use an image from a URL (NO sign up required!) After selecting your colors you can also have it generate a .css sheet for you or a Photoshop swatch.
Once I uploaded my image I was able to hover over the colors and see the Hex # and also click on a color from the color palettes to create my own color palette.
CSS Drive has some other cool features you may want to check out, such as their galleries. Once you select a gallery you can hover over an image and it will pop up all the colors used in the image along with the Hex #:
So easy to use it’s almost scary! Just click on the camera to upload an image:
Once you upload an image you can click on any of the colors to the right of the image and below the image it will display the color you clicked on and the complement and triad colors.
If you have a favorite color palette tool for images or photos, please leave a comment below. We’d love to read what others are using!