View Full Version : Online Colour Scheme Generators

05-16-2007, 05:26 AM
This are useful tools to get the colours of your map to work together. I would be really interested to hear how our resident industry pros (and talented amateurs) go about colour selection:





(http://www.colorschemer.com/online.html)http:// (http://www.degraeve.com/color-palette/)www.colorbrewer.org (http://www.colorbrewer.org)





::Edit:: added the links below to the OP

05-16-2007, 10:07 AM
There's also www.colorbrewer.org

05-16-2007, 12:44 PM
Okay, color me stupid (a little joke there...very little) but I never knew such things existed! These are amazingly useful!

As a photoshop user, I could see loading a scheme, then playing with tints & hues (+brightness/contrast, etc.) on the entire scheme at once' this would to keep the color ratios in line, yet offer a wide range of actual color choices!

Thanks, fellas! Great finds!

10-02-2007, 09:15 AM
There is also Colorjack (http://www.colorjack.com/sphere/) here - one of the best of the lot. I'm making this thread a sticky as these tools might prove to be very useful to the occasional visitor who may not be aware of it and to mappers in general.

10-02-2007, 10:42 AM
ON a similar note, does anyone know of a reference for indexed gradients for terrain elevation mapping?

I have a few (tropical, desert, generic, Mediterranean) and will upload them, but was looking for a reference....

-Rob A>

10-02-2007, 11:09 AM
Have a look at the Relief Shading (http://www.reliefshading.com/)site and the Shaded Relief (http://www.shadedrelief.com/)sites. The author of the latter answers emails...well he answered mine anyway, but that was a year or so ago.


10-31-2007, 06:15 PM
And another one:

This one is different as it will take any image on the web and produces one dull palette and one vibrant palette that match the colors in the image provided.

For example using the current featured map:

gave this result:

-Rob A>

11-06-2007, 02:48 PM
Another method (with more control) is to import the picture into a raster editing program (like GIMP, photoshop etc) and use a mosaic filter to break up the image into large squares of uniform colour. You can then use the colour picker to sample all the colours on the page (some programs have an automatic script which does this for you with one click).

11-06-2007, 04:55 PM
Hey! That is a really neat idea, and I bet that is essentially what the website does as well.

11-06-2007, 06:37 PM
and instant colours that all work together visually (because they're natural)

11-06-2007, 07:50 PM
Semi-related link:

This Web site will convert hexidecimal numbers to decimal numbers (and visa-versa):


Some programs (like Fireworks) displays RGB (red, green and blue) numbers in hexidecimal (base 16), not decimal. Campaign Cartographer 3 requires decimal (our "normal" base 10 number system) numbers in the RGB fields in color definitions. Sometimes I like to make custom color palettes for maps in CC3 based on something I've seen elsewhere. I open the file in Fireworks, use the eyedropper tool to select the color(s) I like, and copy down the hexidecimal RGB numbers corresponding to that color. Then I convert them on the Web site above to decimal and enter those in CC3.

If anyone would like to learn more about creating their own custom color palettes in CC3, see these Help topics (search for them in the Index view):

Understanding Colors in CC3
custom palette

Help is available for CC3 both in the program on the Help menu and online:

11-07-2007, 01:30 PM
OT: I must grab that FF magnifier extension!

12-16-2007, 11:56 PM
Adobe's Kuler site is nice as well.


05-07-2008, 03:19 PM
This is worth a bump for those that don't see it via the tips thread.

05-23-2008, 12:23 AM
Someone asked for color tutorials, and I came across this web page, provided by Pantone:


It's not a color scheme generator, but it's germane to the topic at hand.

If you sign up for the MyPantone feature, you can access some articles from Before & After Magazine that are useful. The one entitled "Our Color Wheel" is particularly good. I'm attaching the wheel to this message, as it is freely available from their website and very clearly branded. The article itself requires either a login at MyPantone or 3 credits at iStockPhoto.com.

05-23-2008, 03:57 AM
colorfilter.net also has a sweet little tutorial for turning pictures into color swatches in PS. I don't know GIMP, will it work there, too?


07-25-2008, 03:09 PM
If you're a Abobe product (Photoshop /Illustrator ) user it's worth checking out Adobe Exchange (http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/)

These two Actions (http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?s=5&from=1&o=desc&cat=190&l=-1&event=productHome&exc=16)are really handy and can help out a lot:

Color Wheel CS2 (http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail&extid=1044731)


This works for CS2 and higher. It'll create a colour wheel based on the one you have picked already.

Color Schemers (http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail&loc=en_us&extid=1043706)


"Select 1 source color in your foreground, run the action(s) and end up with traditional color combinations that work well together and can be used for sampling in your design projects. Not sure if this will work on MAC? But it was tested on WIN PS v.7 & CS"

This is brilliant and really helps out.

Steel General
10-01-2009, 01:29 PM
Not sure if this has been posted before or not.

Stumbled across this (http://colorschemedesigner.com) today when I was doing some surfing. It's got some neat options, including exporting both GIMP (.GPL) and Photoshop (.ACO) palette files.

10-01-2009, 01:40 PM
I use that all the time and keep forgetting to post it up. It's awesome, thanks for posting it :)

10-01-2009, 02:00 PM
That does look really useful, thanks.

10-01-2009, 02:03 PM
Just moving this to the colour scheme sticky!

Steel General
10-01-2009, 02:23 PM
Thanks Ravs... I was to lazy to check if there was already a post for this stuff.

*Bad, Bad CL* :D

10-01-2009, 04:00 PM
No worries, I miss stuff like this all the time. Guild getting...too big!

02-12-2011, 11:07 AM
This is a good one.