Add Some Color to Your Life with Kuler

November 17, 2011 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art, Software | Leave a comment

Hello, readers!

Complimentary, analogic, triad, hue, saturation, value. What do these all these terms even mean? Are you lost, yet? Understandable. The world of “color theory” can be an intimidating one to enter. It’s not quite as simple as red and pink, blue and green anymore. Thankfully, we’re here to show you how to get past all that with the use of one simple tool, Adobe’s Kuler.

Kuler (pronounced “color”) is a fantastic utility for discovering, creating, and sharing beautiful color schemes. The moment you visit Kuler, you will immediately notice a featured scheme at the top, a series of 5 swatches of colors, all chosen to fit as a whole. Using the site is an entirely smooth experience. Try clicking the name of a scheme and watch as the page seamlessly changes to display it. Click the arrows be taken to the next page without having to reload the page. Color themes can be sorted by newest, most popular, highest rated, and random, allowing you to browse through thousands.

Color themes have the option of being assigned “tags,” or descriptors of the theme. For instance, a theme with very warm, vivid colors may have the tags “colorful,” “summer,” “bright,” and “happy.” Tags may be clicked to be taken to view themes with the same tag, allowing you to find similar ones.

The Kuler community is an active one, adding more and more each day. But what if you want to give back a little? You can! Create your own color scheme right here and upload so that other users may see and use it. If you see a scheme that’s nearly there but needs a tweak or two, go ahead and click the slider icon to modify the colors to your liking.

A color wheel can be seen, which allows you to visualize the relationship between the colors. Click one of the “rules” and Kuler will help by creating a new scheme around a single base color of your choosing. Each circular point in the point may be clicked and dragged to alter the theme.

Making it even simpler is the ability to chose an image you like, and Kuler will automatically choose a palette pulled directly from the image. All with zero effort. Pretty neat!

We here at Imikimi want to thank you so much for taking the time to visit, and are happy to have shared with you yet another fantastic art resource! There’s much more to come in the future, so stay tuned!

Best Wishes,
The Imikimi Team

“A color is as strong as the impression it creates.” — Ivan Albright

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