Color Picking

Color/Taste Wheel on Flickr.I needed to pick some colors for a new website recently. I’m color blind, so that complicates things.

Thing is, color relationships can be defined mathematically and “good” or “bad” color combos can be selected by a formula, so it possible to pick colors that go together without actually being able to see them. I’ve done this color math manually for years, but I went looking for a piece of software to make it easier.

Some poking around Apple’s download library turned up Color Consultant Pro, ColorPoki, and BabelColor. Those apps worked, more or less, but I found Color Schemer Studio OSX the easiest to use. It allows you to select a base color, then view suggested color schemes as they might look on a website that shows the header, body, and sidebar as blocks of color on a hypothetical page.

What feature is it missing? I want a “back” button that lets me review my history of color selections during a session.

Of course, I’d also be interested in something that allows me to drag and drop colors on my real website and show the changes immediately.

Related: Jemima Pereira’s 4096 Color Wheel Version 2.1, my telling of color theory, some color blindness tests (one, two), and the Daltonize color-enhancer (um, yeah). Finally: Jim Bumgardner’s Flickr Colr Pickr.

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4 thoughts on “Color Picking

  1. Hi Casey,

    I found your site while browsing Google for reviews of Color Schemer Studio (I’m the developer), and I just wanted to let you know that you actually can go “back” or “forward” in your history with the menu items EDIT -> Step Backward and EDIT -> Step Forward.

    This is going to be even easier with the next release, which will have a PopUp Button on the toolbar with a visual representation of your color history, allow you to jump around among your previously selected colors.

    I really appreciate the kind words regarding Color Schemer Studio OSX, and if you have any other thoughts or feedback regarding the program I would love to hear them (feel free to email me from the contact form at

    You have a great looking site here – keep up the good work!

    Aaron Epstein

  2. Hiya Casey,

    In my opinion, mathematical formulae can’t really predict the aethetic appeal of color matches, because this is largely determined by culture and fashion. Color combinations which were once thought to be clashing are now in style, and others are considered dull and all this changes with time. It’s a human thing.

  3. pal, i want to find the visual u used in this thread, could you send me an e mail or tell me where you found it cuz, i really need that colors and feelings color wheel 🙂


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