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. – 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. – 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. – 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. – 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. – 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. – 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. – 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 Adobe has a color palette too, and it’s the beautiful color wheel. This option might be intimidating to new users, but it’s very powerful if you know what you are looking for. You can look up monochrome colors, complementary colors, shadows and more. If you want to save your palette, you can use your Creative Cloud account to do so. If you don’t have one already, it’s fast and easy to sign up for one.

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!

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2 thoughts on “Color Palettes – Where to find them, how to use them, and how to create your own

  1. Hi Eva,

    My name is Sylvester and I’m part of the team behind Canva. I recently came across this post on your site:, and noticed that you featured a couple of helpful links and resources for working with colors.

    I just thought of sharing to you this similar resource of ours and was wondering if you could also give it a mention on your list? Our Colors Design Wiki teaches you everything you need to know about colors, their meanings and the many color combinations that will hopefully give inspiration to your next design.

    We’ve put together this resource because our users have found it useful, so we thought your readers might enjoy it too.

    Hope you like it and feel free to share your feedback.

    Have a great 2018! 🙂


    1. Hello Sylvester

      Thank you for letting me know about this feature on Canva. I have tried it out, and I like it!
      I’d be happy to edit my list and include your palettes.

      And a great 2018 to you too!

      PS: I took the Liberty of moving your comment to the right post.

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