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Whether you're working on a video project or designing a brochure—or you just need some ideas for color combos that work well in your spare bedroom...
Head on over to Adobe's Flash-based interactive color picker, kuler for a little inspiration.
I visited the site over the weekend after finally deciding it was OK to buy that burnt-orange couch for my spare room but needed help deciding what colors belong (or DON'T belong) near it. And if you don't have much of a color clue, this is the Web site for you.
As Peachpit author and kuler-featured designer Scott Citron says, "kuler is more than just an online color-harmony finder/creator though, it's a community of color aficionados."
He's right. Professional designers offer their own color secrets, members upload their swatches to share, and users rank their favorites at the site. And creating a swatch is ridiculously easy. Simply create a color palette by choosing your base color (selecting color values from a wheel, sliders, or typing in the values—HSV, RGB, CMYK, LAB, and HEX) and then pick a color rule to see variations based on classic color harmonies. The various color rules allow you to shift color themes while maintaining relationships between colors. Kuler also runs now on Adobe AIR, bringing the handy color tool right to your desktop.
Thanks for the the tips, Scott! "Keep it simple" is definitely good advice when dealing with large orange furniture.
Check out Scott's book, Professional Design Techniques with Adobe Creative Suite 3, for some killer design techniques and instruction in CS3.