Create Color Schemes Easily With ColorJack
ColorJack offers three tools for easily creating color schemes. The front page shows new and popular schemes that have been created as well as linking to the three main tools, Color Galaxy, Color Sphere, and Color Studio. Along with providing these tools, there are links to other useful sites and tools, a blog, other software created by ColorJack, and articles that have some pretty cool information.
The front page displays the new and popular color schemes that have been created by other users. You can hover over each of the colors to see the whole scheme that was designed. It is a little confusing to understand at first, but the white spaces are breaks in between different color schemes. So when you hover over a color, it shows you the colors to the left and right of it as well (before the next and after the previous white space) to see what the colors look like together.
Color Galaxy allows you to pick from 27 color schemes and look at the makeup of that color. Some of the color schemes include crayola, mozilla, IE, Netscape, and Windows. Once you choose a color scheme it gets loaded into a “galaxy” arrangement and you can then pick one of the colors to examine. Clicking on a color will then load information describing it’s makeup on the right. Personally I like the ven diagram that gets created to show the colors mixed together.
Color Sphere offers color schemes based on a number of variables. It is displayed in a color picker format on the left as well as a list format on the right. You can apply a number of rules/filters to the colors to end up with your desired color scheme. Colors can be adjusted from the sphere on the left or the list on the right and new color schemes will be created dynamically. Some of the filters available are analogous, complimentary, triadic, and tetradic. You can also choose to see all colors in the spectrum, websmart colors, or websafe colors. You are also given the ability to export the color scheme for Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.
Color Studio is in my opinion the best part of the site. It offers information about a color selected as well as a palette for a color scheme. You can start with a color by entering the HEX code or picking one from a color picker. Once you have a color selected, you can start to apply filters and functions similar to those previously mentioned in the two apps above. You can also darken/lighten the color scheme, adjust the hue, saturation, and value of the colors, as well as add and remove additional colors to or from the palette. Like the Color Sphere, you can export the color scheme to Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. You can also save it to Delicious, bookmark it in your browser, and get the direct link as a URL.
All three of these apps from ColorJack are worth checking out. If you like what they have to offer, you can check out more from their software page and read up on some color theory at their article and blog pages.