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Top picks: Colour Palette Generators

Published August 25, 2016

A good colour palette is essential in the design of a website – without one, you’re left with a hot mess of difficult to read, generally distracting text and colours which make for a less than enjoyable experience and compromise the professionalism of your website.

We at D&D take colour very seriously and luckily for us there are a fair few tools online that get the job done, here are just a few that we use personally:

Adobe Color CC – color.adobe.com


Adobe Color CC is a great online tool developed by adobe to work in-line with the creative cloud package of programs. It allows the user to tweak any generated colour inside a palette which then changes other colours accordingly. The user can switch between several different colour theories such as triads and compounds. Adobe Color CC also integrates the CC service which means the user can sync palettes generated anywhere online to the CC software they use at home and work.

There are also a whole host of generated palettes uploaded by the adobe community that can be modified and synced to CC software.

Coolors.co – coolors.co


Coolors.co is a more user-friendly, interactive online tool that creates colour palettes based on a plethora of colour theories at the push of the space-bar. The user can then take these generated colours and tweak them to his/her liking, and lock specific colours in that influence the generation process to create harmonic colours accordingly.

After the user has finished tweaking the palette to their liking, they can then use Coolors’ exporter to export to a variety of formats such as PDF and SVG and SCSS.

Colordot – color.hailpixel.com


Colordot is another user-friendly tool that makes use of the mouse when generating palettes. The mouse is used to alter the hue, lightness and saturation of the colour on-screen. The user then can click to lock in the colour of their choice; locked in colours then constrain the creation of further colours to ensure harmonious colours are generated by the user.

One problem, however, with Colordot is it’s lack of an exporting tool – although there is a really quick and easy workaround for this – the user can screenshot the palette and use an eyedropper tool in the program of your choice. The fact that the tool allows the user to create a palette with any chosen amount of colours, in my eyes, more than makes up for this.

So, there you have it, there a few of our favourite colour palette generators that we swear by at D&D. Have you used any of these before in past projects? Do you plan on using these in the future? Or is there anything you think we have missed off of the list? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below.