Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Colour Sucks

Another really useful tool for creating a colour scheme for your website.

Say you've got an image in mind for the front page of your new site. It'd be nice if the colour scheme of your new website matched. This tool will extract a range of colour schemes that you can choose from based on the colours sucked out of your photo.

Here are some tips from the author's website:

Drag and drop the color results: You can move the color results around the page, click on the color strip, hold and drag, let go to drop. You can also show and hide the color text by clicking the small grey dot next to the strip.

Flickr pages: If you enter a Flickr photo page (e.g. in the 'Enter image url' box, ColorSuckr will find the main photo.

Web pages: If you enter a web page url (e.g. instead of an image, ColorSuckr will scan the page and show you the images on it & you can choose from there.

Use color photos: Yes, this sounds silly, but black and white images will only return a few shades of grey.

Bookmarklet: Drag and drop this link - Get image colors - into your bookmarks bar or save it to your favourites and make getting colors from web images easy. Next time you are on a webpage with images you'd like to get colors from - just click the bookmark. (Works on images larger than 50px x 50px)

Colors that are picked: ColorSuckr chooses the 12 most common colours from an image, so if your image is mostly blue with a splash of pink, chances are the pink won't get picked up.

Install the Firefox add-on: Rather than messing about with copying and pasting urls, make it easier to grab colors from images by installing the add-on for Firefox.

* Editor's Note: The more observant of you would have noticed that I spelled "colour" the proper way, while the original article's author seems a bit confused over how to spell the word, sometimes spelling it "color" and other times "colour".

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