Color Palettes – Where to find them, how to use them, and how to create your own

Ever had trouble finding out what colors to use for your latest project? I know I have, at least with drawings and designs. It’s so easy to find inspiration though, and if you are good at combining colors, you can share your talent with those who seek it.

To help you on your way to a nice color palette, I’ve listed my favorite sites that offer some. You can also create your own on these sites, so go ahead and help others. Even if you don’t need any color palette right now, it can be very inspiring to just browse them, and have a look at all the possibilities.

http://www.color-hex.com – This is probably one of the easiest sites to navigate, when all you want is to browse various palettes. You have the option to choose from various searches, such as the most popular palettes, or most popular colors. If you want to, you can create an account, upload your own palettes, and share them with the visitors.

http://www.colourlovers.com – Is not just a site about colors, but also patterns, which is really nice, if you find a palette you want to use, but would also like a fitting pattern for your design, or as background for a drawing. It’s also divided into themes, making it easier to find the right category of colors you are searching for. Browse other people’s creations, or create an account and share your palettes with the community.

http://flatcolors.net – Might not be the biggest one of its kind, but it sure is one of the easiest. Just click a color, and the hex is being copied to your clipboard. This is a very nice thing, if you just want to find something really quick. Of course there are palettes too, which you can even download as an .ACO file for easier use. Yes, it’s really that easy to use this site!

https://coolors.co – While this site might not look like much help at first glance, try browsing their palettes. A whole new world will open, and by pressing the spacebar to scroll to the next site, browsing is easy and fast. When you find a palette you want to use, you can click on it and adjust it to your liking, or simply download it directly, as it supports many different file formats. It’s also possible to create an account, and share your palettes with the world.

http://colorpalettes.net – This site is a bit different from the others, as it decided to list the palettes not only as colors, but also as photos using these colors. It’s really easy on the eyes, and it’s nice to have a photo that shows the colors in action, and how they could eventually work together in your project. Various categories make browsing easier, and finding the right colors feels more like a child’s play, than an actual chore.

http://www.pictaculous.com – If you’ve got an image with nice colors, you don’t have to open it in Photoshop, to find out what the main colors are. Just upload your photo here, and it will automatically generate a palette. It’s not only useful if you want to make graphics that fit a specific image, but also if you want to know what colors an artist used to make their work.

http://paletton.com – A very nice tool to find colors of the same tone. While it’s not that big on the bright palette part, it’s a good way to find matching colors in the same tone. Know that feeling, when you like the color, but feel like there’s something off about it? You might just find the solution to your problem here.

https://www.canva.com/colors – On Canva, you can search for either palettes or individual colors, learning more about what they stand for, how they got their name, and what other colors that go well with them. When looking up palettes, you get presented with a photo that matches the colors, as well as an on-click hex code copy for easy pasting. It’s possible to show your favorite combinations some love by clicking a little heart, share them on social media, and use them as inspiration for other Canva projects.

Of course, these are only a few of the many sites out there, that offer to help you with colors, but it’s the ones I like the most, and find very useful and inspirational. Choosing the right color for your project can be hard, and as it’s often a very crucial part of it, it’s nice to get easy and fast help.

I hope you liked my little list, and that you found something to your liking on one of the sites. Happy creating! And if you want to; happy palette sharing 🙂

Know more useful sites? Had a nice time browsing the ones I listed? Please let me know in the comments!

Royalty free music and sound effects – Where to get them for free

This is basically a continuation of my entry about royalty free images, so if you don’t know what it means when something is royalty free, I recommend you go read my explanation there, as this is essentially the same.

It might not be as popular a topic as images, but music and sound effects are important, especially for those who make their own videos, whether it is for YouTube or a school project. It can be hard to find the right sound for something, when you don’t know where to look, and don’t want to maybe get your video deleted, because using Beyoncé’s newest song as background music was a copyright infringement.

To avoid copyright issues, and save some money, some artists are nice enough to provide us with free music and sound effects for both personal and commercial use. I’ve used some of the sites offering them for a project I once worked on, and am still using them for similar things. They are awesome, and here they are!

http://freemusicarchive.org/ – If you want tons of music, this is the place to find it. Browse and listen to tracks, and if you like what you hear, the download button is always just one click away. The site requires no registration, but beware of the artists rules of usage, as they usually require you to link back to their profile, if you want to use their tracks for free. It has every genre you may want, and is a great resource.

http://incompetech.com/ – This is another great example of a site offering tons of music. It’s even easy to browse, no registration is required, and you can download with just one click. Keep in mind though, that the free downloads are only for personal use, and that you need to give credit. If you want to use the music for commercial purposes, you will have to pay for them.

http://www.bensound.com/ – Just as the site above, this one offers plenty of music for free, as long as you keep their rules in mind. Check out their licensing, as it’s not only split into commercial and non-commercial usage. In any case, if all you want is a piece of music for a YouTube video or personal project, this site is perfect, easy to browse, and requires no registration.

http://www.purple-planet.com/ – As long as you give credit, you may use their tracks for anything you want really, as long as you are the person in charge of the project. Read their licensing rules if you are in doubt. Should you need to pay for the track you want to use, it’s really cheap. They host their music on Soundcloud, so you can always follow them there for new stuff. The site may not be the prettiest out there, but don’t let their 90’s purpleness fool you.

http://freesound.org/ – Quality on this site may vary, as sounds are being recorded by people like you and me, aka; non-professionals. It does shine with a huge library of sound effects and small pieces of music though, and if you need a background sound that plays for longer than just a few seconds, this is the place to go. You can use their sounds for anything you want, but you have to register first.

http://www.freesfx.co.uk/ – Another site that requires registration, but is surely worth it. Although their sounds may be used for any project you want, I recommend reading their license before use, as some rules may apply. Their sounds are of good quality, and worth checking out. While they are mainly focused on sound effects, they also have a nice music library, where you can be lucky to find a gem.

http://www.soundjay.com/ – Last but not least, I recommend you this little site. It’s packed with nice sound effects, and even some music tracks. You don’t have to register, nor do you even have to credit them, though that’s the nice thing to do. Their sounds can be used freely for commercial and non-commercial purposes, but please consider reading their terms of use, as some rules may apply.

Those were my favorite sites to find music and sound effects. I know there are more out there, but I’m sure you can find some on your own, should these not offer what you seek.

Have you ever used free music or sound effects for anything? Was it hard finding the right track you wanted? Please share your thoughts and experiences on this topic 🙂

Royalty free images – What they are, and where to find them for free

We’ve all seen them, those sites that offer high resolution images for a small fee. Those are royalty free images, and the internet is full of them. But we don’t want to pay for an image, if we can get something similar for free, do we? If you do, then don’t read on, but… I do think you would want to do just that, because we all love free stuff!

First of all, royalty free doesn’t mean free. It just means that you are free to use the image for whatever you please, after you have paid for it. That’s fine, if you have a big business which can afford to do so. Someone who just wants a nice image to add in their blog entry though, wouldn’t want to spend money on it. So where to go? The internet actually has a lot of nice places for you, and I will show you some of them!

https://pixabay.com – This is a really nice site, with tons of high quality images you can choose from. As they state on their site, you can use their images for whatever you like. Yes, even money earning projects! You don’t even have to register to download (though it’s easier and faster to download if you do); it’s all free to take. It’s always possible to donate to the ones, who upload their wonderful photos, but it’s entirely up to you, and it’s nothing they would ever force upon you.

https://www.pexels.com – If you like more artistic and dreamy images, then this the site for you! You can use their high quality images for whatever you want, and do not need an account to do so. It’s especially easy to find images of landscapes, nature and wild animals on here, but if you need something that is related to technology, you will also find a huge area with that kind of images.

http://www.rgbstock.com – If you just want to browse all sorts of images, then this is the place for you, as it kind of reminds me of Instagram, but with higher quality images, and of course they are free to use. You need an account to download though, and you need to be careful how many images you open, as there is a limit of 100 downloads per day, and you wouldn’t want to waste the 90 of them by just browsing and watching.

http://foter.com – This one is a bit tricky. You can download high quality images without registration, but they are divided into commercial and non-commercial use, so be aware of that when wanting to download an image. Also, it is stated whether you are allowed to modify the image or not, and attribution is a must. Every image provides a link you can just copy and paste though, so it’s super easy to give them proper credit.

http://www.freemediagoo.com – While this site is weak in terms of photography, you can find some nice free textures and backgrounds for your projects. Need a spacy background for your new self-made wallpaper? Try your luck here! No registration is required.

http://deathtothestockphoto.com – Now this is something different. You need to sign up with your e-mail, and you’ll get a free zip file every month, packed with photos. They usually follow a set theme every month, so just keep collecting them, as you might find a theme you got 6 months ago useful in one of your later projects!

http://depositphotos.com – Yes, this is a royalty free image site that requires you to pay, but don’t let that stop you from signing up with them, as they will send you a mail every week, with free photos, videos, vectors and editorials. It’s worth grabbing them while they are free, and collecting for later use, as they are high quality images, you would usually have to pay for.

http://www.123rf.com/browsefreeimages.php – This is the free part of 123RF, where you usually have to pay for images. Granted, the images you can download for free here are of small sizes, but if you don’t need huge images for an article or the like, you can most likely find something nice here. You have to register to download, and the free images expire after a set time, so keep your eyes open now and then.

That’s all for now, but I think it’s enough anyway. If you want more, you can always find plenty of sites offering free images if you Google them. Just remember, that you may USE them for free, NOT redistribute them or sell them! And even though you usually don’t even have to credit the sites, it’s always a nice thing to do.

Anyway, I hope the list helped you find some nice images, or at least made it fun browsing what the sites have to offer. I know I always love it!

Got some nice sites with free images you want to let everyone know of? Please share them in the comments 🙂

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