Artistic Endeavors – Color Generator

You may already know about color generator tools, or have a favorite one, but I found the Color Palette Generator for a hex color palette a fun way to pass a cold, snowy afternoon. What’s a hex color palette, you ask?

According to Dan’s Tools:

Digital color can be represented in a number of ways. The most common ways to represent color on the web are via a 6-digit HEX number, RGBA, and HSL (Support for HSL was added in CSS3).

  • Hex is a 6-digit, 24 bit, hexidecimal number that represents Red, Green, and Blue. An example of a Hex color representation is #123456, 12 is Red, 34 is Green, and 56 is Blue. There are 16 million possible colors.
  • RGBA is similar to Hex in that it has 24 bits for RGB color, bit there is an additional 8 bit value for transparency.
  • HSL stands for Hue, Saturation, and Lightness. The values are based on a position from the center of a color wheel. The value for Hue is from 0 to 360, representing the degrees on a color wheel. Saturation is the distance from the center of the color wheel. The L stands for Lightness, which represents the preceived liminance of the color.

So, in a nutshell, it’s a six digit number for a specific RGB color used with digital design. I gather it’s useful for working with PhotoShop. You can get a color map of about 1500 color chips from Spoonflower.

If you don’t care about all that, but want to identify the colors in a photo, paste in your photo on the Color Palette Generator and see what you get. Here’s one of my results. You could use the six digit number on each color chip to match colors for printing fabric.



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8 responses to “Artistic Endeavors – Color Generator

  1. I’ve played with color charts/generators before. They are fun, and I expect can be useful, too!

    We are the beneficiaries of so much available now, it’s hard to know how to make use of it. Jim’s been playing with colorizing black & white photos. He said this evening, he knows it’s just a way to pass time and not pay attention to the political gamesmanship going on, and it doesn’t really produce anything of value. But I think there is some value in creative time, regardless of the audience.

    • I’m hoping to use it to clarify my color palettes. I’ll have to add color proportions to it, but it’s a start. What is Jim using to colorize the B&W photos? If would think that thinking through the colors of clothing and landscape would be an interesting intellectual puzzle.

  2. The Color Palette Generator is so cool. I like how once the color swatches are up, it is easier to see how the values are too. Thanks for this interesting post.

  3. Rosemaryflower

    I just felt my brain get bigger. I did not think that could happen for me.
    Thank you for this “valuable” information.

  4. I remember playing with one of these generators a while ago, because I have a hard time breaking out of boring color combos (blue and white? red and white?) Haven’t used one in some time so this is a good reminder!

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