So back in October i went to Chicago for a week to go to an Adobe Creative Suite Conference. It was really fun and i learned a lot. One thing that i learned about in a session is called Kuler. It is a plug in/resource web page for color. the web page is: http://kuler.adobe.com/
It is by adobe, and i use it all the time. If you have a mac you can download the widget and never have to go to the web page.
Basically what it is a post site for color combinations for anything you can think of. If you are creating a flyer and you want to use spring colors, you can search for spring or watermelon or grass or pastel… it gives you all the post that other members have created and you can either download the palate into illustrator or copy the HEX codes. Here is a search i did when i created the “Hope For The Journey” flyer back in January:
I used the American and created this:
That is about all you can do with the widget, but if you go to the web page you can create your own swatches and adjust other peoples till you like them using rules like: Analogous, Monochromatic, Triad, Complementary, Compound, and Shades. It is fun jus to play with it even if you aren’t designing anything. If you are trying to find good colors for you home or to paint your room…it is great! So use it, share it, spread the word.