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PUBLISHED 10 Aug, 2021

Explore Colors with the Adobe Color Palettes

Color is one of the most powerful parts of design. There is a set of rules and guidelines to help you create the most powerful designs and layouts. The same elements might appear completely different depending its color or even a shade.

But when you look at the 16,777,216 hex code color options you might get lost and not know what to even start with.

Luckily, there are thousands of already created color combination(a.k.a color palettes) that can immensely improve your project. You don't have to randomly click on the color wheel anymore hoping for the good result.

Today, we will get a closer look at the Adobe Color CC(formerly known as Kuler).

Adobe Color CC

Adobe Color CC uses fundamental color theory principles and lets you create color palletes in a few different ways. If you are a beginner in the "color game", Color CC will let you select a color rule and a hue, then it will create a palette of five colors for you based on the color rule you selected.

Adobe Color CC

Extract Theme

The other option is you can choose "Extract Theme" mode and upload a photo. Adobe Color will analyze the photo and generate a palette called "themes" based on the Color Mood you chose from a drop-down menu on the left.

When you create a palette that you love, you can save it to your Adobe account. Your palettes will be available in the "Libraries" tab.

Adobe Color CC Theme

Adobe Collection of Palletes

If you are struggling with building your own palette, try going to the "Explore" tab and look over a huge collection of palettes created by other users. You can sort it by Most Popular, Most Used or randomize it.

Adobe Color Tool Recolor

And the best part about all this is that all the palettes and themes you saved, will be available to you in four different Adobe applications: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and After Effects.

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