In the posts that follow you'll find links to color scheme generators and comparison charts, plus utilities and applications which can be used to explore the relationships between different colors in a variety of ways. These can be useful for building color sets that will look good on your website or in print projects.
Depending on which site or application you choose, they will display the colors side-by-side and also show the codes for these colors in different formats, i.e.: RGB, hexadecimal, CMYK, Lab, HSB, HTML named colors, etc. Additionally, there are some which will create downloadable text files containing a list of the colors you choose, and others will even generate swatch files that you can save and which can be imported directly into your favorite applications.
(Phos±four_dots), Nov 23, 2006 10:03 AM
This one generates a range of 9 complementary swatches, adjustable in real-time by using RGB sliders. You can then output Photoshop and Illustrator swatch files, or you can generate a plain text file of the colors.
Here's another color experimentation website, similar to the one at stylephreak, above.
This one generates a palette of 5 complementary colors based on the one you edit with sliders. It also has a function that will suggest and display the closest Pantone color for the active RGB or HSV swatch.
Sets of colors can be saved or emailed as Photoshop (.act) or Illustrator (.eps) color sets, using a file name you choose
AdobeLabs has launched its online color-scheme explorer and generator application, called
Built on a Flash 9 and ActionScript 3 framework, visitors can explore color relationships through several different schemas (Complimentary, Compound, Monochromatic, and more), and through interactive sliders under each of 5 different patches they can custom tailor colors to suit their needs.
But, unlike many other similar color scheme generators found online (including those linked elsewhere in this thread) Kuler is attempting to leverage the concepts of community-
based interactivity. Once they have registered a free account users will be able to save and share their color schemes with others who visit the site, rate schemes that have already been createdthere are over 600 available already as I write thisand download any scheme as an Adobe Swatch Exchange ("*.ase" ) file for use In Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
Pretty cool, and definitely worth some time playing around.
This refers to a list of 147 colors
defined by the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Specification which use common language, such as red, blue, green, black, etc. When used as part of HTML/CSS/XML coding these real-language names are interpreted by browsers the same way as the RGB/Hex code colors they represent.
So, instead of coding a color as "#00FFFF" or using RGB values such as "0,255,255" you may simply type "Aqua" and the proper color will be displayed when the code is rendered onscreen.
Below are links to this list of Named Colors at a few sites:
See the following link for boatloads of more information on named colors and a vast tree of links. There are many standards and systems for naming colors, and most of them aren't specific to being displayed by a web browser. However, by cross-referencing and by doing a little work and calculation you should be able to come close to replicating named oil paint or house paint colors, for example, for use in a browser. Just keep in mind the differences between reflective and transmissive color, and remember that not all screen colors are printable, and not all print colors can be displayed onscreen.