15 Free Color Tools 2018 For Designer & Developer

Color is a tricky concept to master, especially in the digital era. To make things easier, I rounded up some of the best tools for choosing color palettes available in 2018. They will save you a lot of time.

HueSnap

HueSnap is a color sharing community for creatives focused on allowing users to create palettes through snapping colors from images. It makes it easy for you to grab the color codes to be used in your projects as well as modify existing palettes to be re-shared as new palettes.

HueSnap

ShapeFactory

It is a set of design tools built by designers, for everyone. An invaluable part of anyones toolkit.

ShapeFactory

Opencolor

A sketch plugin to support the open color file format.

opencolor

Site Palette

A browser extension to generate comprehensive palettes. A must-have tool for designers and frontend developers. Free colour scheme extraction.

Site Palette

Colors

Beautiful colors and designs to your inbox every week.

Colors

ColorSpark

It was created to help designers find unique colors and striking gradient combinations. By making a tool that solely generates random colors and gradients, colors are found that would otherwise be unthought of. ColorSpark has been a fun experiment to work on and I hope it becomes a useful tool in your toolkit to help spark new ideas for your next design project.

ColorSpark

The AI Color Wheel

Automatically colorizes logos, illustrations, wireframes and other graphical art.

The AI Color Wheel

Dribbble Color Palette Generator

Have you ever found some inspiring color palettes on Dribbble, but find it tedious to load them into Sketch? This extension solves exactly that. It allows you to generate a .sketchpalette file from any Dribbble shot, to be later loaded in Sketch.

Dribbble Color Palette Generator

Swiss style color picker

An online tool to help designers find inspiring color combos. Just load the site, and the Swiss Color Picker will give you a wide range of interesting color combos, arrayed in an abstract geometric pattern of multicolored cubes.

Swiss style color picker

CSS Gradient

This is a happy little website and free tool that lets you create a gradient background for websites. Besides being a css gradient generator, the site is also chock-full of colorful content about gradients from technical articles to real life gradient examples like Stripe and Instagram.

CSS Gradient

lolcolors

Curated color palette inspiration.

lolcolors

Hello Color

It is a color palette and contrast tool for designers. It’s really simple to use: a mouse click changes the current color to a random one. Besides the color, the tool gives you a corresponding contrast color for it, as well as a palette.

Hello Color

Khroma

It is the fastest way to discover, search, and save original color combos, gradients, and palettes personalized for you. Using machine learning, Khroma recognizes colors you like and intelligently pairs them together. Browse infinite combos pinterest-style and build your collection!

Khroma

Palette

It is just a quick experiment we launched along the way. As all digital designers, we are always looking for new color inspiration — and what better place to start than looking at new art we really like? So we just wanted to share this curated nifty little tool with all of you, hoping it brings you the color inspiration you need.

Palette

Swatches

It is a fun and accurate color picker for the real world. Collect, inspect and share the colors that inspire you in your daily life. If you’ve ever wanted to paint a wall a true sky blue or color a logo with your favorite flower, Swatches is for you.

Swatches

4 Comments

  1. Really helpful article I myself find such listacles very useful because it gives a lot of information in the very shortest structure. My other favourite has always remained infographics but the dilemma is very few publishers do publish infographics on the web as it does not get organic traction. I would also like to add two tools which I find useful “Adobe Color CC” and “Coolors.co”. I would suggest people check out to these two, I believe you would find their power to be incredible as well.

  2. It very worth reading and informative article for every designer to explore more tool and I will surely share this with my design team.

  3. This color tool guide is very much relevant for 2019 as well. A great piece of writing and very informative!

  4. Interesting post it is really helpful for me and a lot of new ideas after reading this post its really knowledgeable and well written step by step you have guide keep more posting thanks.

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