In a previous post I mentioned how to find color schemes using color schemers. They’re great tools to help find the right color palette for your courses. Personally I find them valuable because I have slight color blindness. So having a system that keeps me in line really helps.
Use the Color Picker to Manually Create Color Schemes
Another way to create color schemes to manually pick colors from an image. In the tutorials I did for Storyline, I show how to use the color picker to pick colors from a background image.
With the color picker, I get colors that match colors from the image on the slides. Look at the image below. The tabs and side panel were color picked from the building on the right of the background image. I also added a colored, semi-transparent shape over the background to add some tinting and subdue the background a bit.
You’re not limited to Storyline, you can also do the same thing in PowerPoint.
Create Color Schemes from a Picture or Logo
Instead of creating a color scheme by manually picking colors, you can create one from the colors in an image. Upload an image and then let the color scheming site create a color palette for you.
- Color Hunter: upload an image
- Color Palette Generator: add an image URL to create the scheme
- Kuler: upload an image or create custom themes using formulas; requires an account
- Pictalous: upload an image and get advice from multiple sites
- Colrd: upload an image and identify your image DNA
Some of you have corporate style guides where the color information is provided. If you don’t have a formal style guide, you can upload a company-related image and have the color scheming site generate a usable palette.
As the image above shows, I uploaded a screen capture of my blog to pull together a color scheme. This is something you can do, too. You can use one of the following:
- Company web site. Take a screenshot of your company website (or something else). Upload it to one of these sites and capture a color palette.
- Company logo. Use the company logo to do the same thing.
- Marketing collateral. You may have marketing or product material that you can use to pull a color palette.
As you can see, creating a custom color palette is pretty easy. And once you have one, you can customize your course to your heart’s content.
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