20 Free Ideal Tools for Creating Fantastic Color Schemes

One major problem designers and developers have when working on a project is choosing which colors or color palettes to use. The colors one uses on a project is quite important.

People generally respond to different colors in different ways, as they evoke different feelings or emotions.

That’s why creating an eye-catching effective color scheme is never an easy task for web designers. Each color carries an emotion and sometimes it gets very hard to choose one appropriate color that matches the sense of the business, layout of the design and likeness of the client.

So imagine if you choose the wrong color for your project? The effects will be disastrous. This is why a knowledge of color combination is required. The color scheme you pick for your project will affect the whole design, so you have to devote ample attention and care to color management.

So, how do you choose the right colors for your project? Here are a few tips:

  • Think about color combination: In project designs, color selection is more about how good two or more color shades look together.  Whatever project you’re designing, always use two to three colors that nicely harmonize with each other only. If you don’t do this, you will end up making everything look crowded.
  • Use Colors that are already in your palette: This is quite simple. Go for colors that are already in the brand you are designing.
  • Use a few external Colors: This goes without saying. Make one color the primary color and let others be secondary.

So to help you make a better choice, here’s a collection of 50 color palette or color scheme generators. Some of them are online tools, some of them are apps and the rest are not. However, note that not all of them work the same way; although some are similar many others are unique.


Adobe Colour Cc

That’s right. Adobe has its own color wheel. And its name, which used to be Adobe Kuler, is now Adobe Color Cc. It is of the best free color scheming tools in the market. Backed by mother Adobe herself. You can choose the scheme by selecting palettes or by choosing a single color. Easy to use – best in results.

It’s an online tool though, and you’ll need to sign in to be able to use it. If you have an Adobe account, things will be smoother. With Kuler, you can create your own tools and store them for future use as well.

Color Scheme Designer

This is a tool that solved the problems of many web designers. It is quite an advanced tool packed with a lot options yet it is easy to use. No sign-up required, no strings attached. Highly recommended.


This widget at first was a Firefox plugin, but now it has been made available on Google Chrome. Now, it is an online tool that allows you to create fantastic palettes and color schemes.

Check My Colours

This is a unique marvel; basically a color scheme analysis tool. It doesn’t just help you create a color scheme, it helps you to monitor and analyze your current color scheme of your running website or blog.


Palettr is a wonderful color scheme generator. It produces color palettes inspired from photographs uploaded by users on 500px.

Color Calculator

Here’s an online color palette generator. It is basically a color wheel where you pick a main color, a harmony and a color scheme will be generated for you. Apart from this, Color Calculator provides some information on choosing the right colors and how to adjust them.


This widget is basically a great inspiration source. It shares the color patterns, gradients, palettes and images generated by those who have used it. It isn’t an out and out color generation tool but it’s useful in building websites.

Color Rotate

Colors come to life in 3D, that’s the slogan this tool has. Here, you can finalize a color scheme using palettes, you can even make a palette of your own.


This is a simple color palette generator. To use it you paste the URL of an image online, and the widget creates a color scheme based on that. That’s all it does, which is what you actually need. It’s really simple.

Color Hunter

This color scheme tool suggests color schemes based on the image you use. It doesn’t have a wonderful first impression; it may not wow you, but it is a very useful color through- especially if you can’t find a certain color.

All you have to do is look for an image that you like and enter it into Color Hunter. The tool will take care of the rest. It will create a colour palette from your chosen image. This way, you can create your own colour theme without hassles.


COPASO is a tool found on the online community forum COLOURlovers. It generates palettes and gives you a full range of colour selection tools, all on a simple UI.

You can upload images, add notes to and enter CMYK references on the palettes directly. These tools makes building your color palette or scheme easier.

The Color App

This is an iOS tool that makes finding colours much more easier. There’s a large grid of colours that fills up your screen. With it you can  sample colours, find out their RGB, Hex and HSLA values so that you can build color palettes and see how they work together.

The app is not free. You’ll need to pay $14.99 on iTunes to get it.


This tool has a color picker from which you choose a color. The tool then generates a color palette only from the color you’ve picked. This color is then used to generate shades/tints, tones, and mixed or similar color palettes.

TinEye Labs

Tin Eye is a fascinating website that allows you to explore color combinations which were made from over 10 million Creative Commons images from Flickr. It is easy to use and delivers results quickly. Also, you can have fun while using it.


This is a simple color tool designed to help web developers locate any kind of color variation. This app allows you to determine lighter and darker colors based on any shade or hue. It’s very good for designing hovers, borders, and gradients.


Made by HailPixel, Color is a wonderful little web widget made for perfectionists. The website is very good for finding the perfect color.

To use it, hover your mouse over a your screen to nail down your chosen colour, then scroll to set your saturation. When you’ve done this, the site will automatically produce that all-important hex code which you can use for your projects.

It’s one of the easiest such tools available out there.

Color Code

This tool generates color schemes is very similar to Hail Pixel’s Color.

When you click and add a certain color on the screen of your browser on the tool, it generate colors which can be saved as Less, SCSS, PNG, and so on.

You can also create color palettes in categories such as monochrome, monochrome light, analog, triad, quad, complement, and so on, and download them in various formats.


This is a very useful color schemes generator. Coolors.co is super fast and with it you can create, save and share your palettes in a few clicks. It has a Chrome extension and you can use it on iOS as well. You need to sign up before you can use it.

Although it comes at a certain price, there’s an offer where you get the first three months for free.

Material Palette

In this widget, there’s a tile from which you can choose different colors. You select two colors and a color palette will be generated for you. You can then download this palette and use it for your project.


This color app is the brainchild of Mackenzie Child. It works exclusively on iOS and its aim is to inspire you.


In conclusion, understand your audience and try to communicate with them via your color palettes.

These tools are different and they will surely help you in your projects one way or the other. It’s not compulsory to use all of them, just choose the ones you’re comfortable with.

The more you use these tools the better you get at choosing the right color schemes.

Happy designing.