Fantastic Free Color Tool

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I recently discovered the coolest free online color tool at colorschemedesigner.com. The possibilities of quilters using this tool are limitless! Here are a few things I have learned.

1. Under “About & Help” in the top right corner, turn on “show tooltips” so that when you hover your cursor over anything on the page, a box pops up to tell you how it works.

2. Near the top left, under “Color Scheme Designer” are six circles that look like clock faces. Each circle represents a type of color scheme. Hover over a circle for a definition of that scheme. Click on it to give that color scheme a whirl. Then click on different places in the bigger colored circle to see some of the possibilities. ARE YOU HAVING FUN YET???

3. At the bottom left are three tabs. “Hues” gives you the colored circle. But click on “Adjust Scheme” and you can tone down or liven up the hues by moving the little circle around on the grid.

From there you can explore on your own. A word of caution: you can spend hours playing with this and thinking of the quilt possibilities! Here’s the best part: if you’re not technically savvy, you can still use this tool in amazing ways. And if you do happen to know a lot about computers, you can do even more.

I have a few tools I turn to again and again on the topic of color.

 Fantastic Free Color Tool

Often-used color tools

One is the 3-in-1 Color Tool by Joen Wolfrom for C&T. I use this tool constantly. I also use a color wheel called the Rainbow Color Selector and a book called ColorWorks, The Crafter’s Guide to Color by Deb Menz. It’s a good idea to consider making use of these tools to plan the colors in your quilts.

Now I’m off to pull fabrics based on a color scheme I created in Color Scheme Designer! With any luck, I’ll show them to you in a post to come soon.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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4 Responses to Fantastic Free Color Tool

  1. Carol says:

    I love it! Choosing colors is difficult for me, this tool is AWESOME!! Just playing with it for a few minutes has boosted my confidence. Look out quilt stash, here I come!

  2. jaybird says:

    thanks for the tip!!

  3. Cathie says:

    I love the color tool so much. I use it all the time and I think it helps my quilts look so much better.

  4. Peg Spradlin says:

    That is so cool!!!
    Try the vision simulation to see how others see colors.

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