A brief rundown of some the color tools I use on a regular basis.

Colorzilla

Colorzilla

Colorzilla

They’ve got a really nice color eyedropper extension for Chrome that adds the ability to grab a color from the current page as well as simply selecting one from scratch.

They also have a nice gradient editor. My favorite feature about the gradient editor tool is that they provide a URL to get back to the details of your gradient. Buried in a comment in your CSS, you’ll always be able to get back to the gradient editor without having to guess at the attributes of the gradient.

Adobe Color

Adobe Color

Adobe Color

I use the app on an Android phone for capturing color palates from real life. This is my favorite thing about this color capturing tool. Any moment that inspiration strikes, the palette can be captured. There are some deeper technical tools for creating palettes that fit color theory rules. You can take them verbatim or use them for variations on the palettes that you capture.

Cell Phone Camera

Sometimes a good phone cell phone camera is all you need for inspiration. I use a Samsung S7 and I’m very happy with its camera. It’s great at capturing low light images with little grain and as a result I get some very lush and saturated source images.

Color Inspiration

Color Hunt

Color Hunt

Color Hunt

Color Hunt is a fun Chrome extnetion that gives you anew color palette with each new window and tab. The website has tools for making your own palettes to share with others and become part of the pool that will randomly show up.

Every Color

Color Hunt

Every color

Every Color is a fun Twitter-bot that randomly populates your feed with a solid color and its hex value. There’s a GitHub repository for it.