Today we begin exploring various color palettes generated from photographs at the Queen Bean Coffee House in Modesto, California. We want to create authentic color palettes for a variety of new website design projects. Perhaps it will inspire a new series of coffee house WordPress themes, so we  need  colors  that ooze the hues of coffee.

Giant coffee cup planter – discovered on the back porch at the Queen Bean coffee house, Modesto, CA

Giant coffee cup planter – discovered on the back porch at the Queen Bean coffee house in Modesto, California

As 2014 began, we set new goals at  IX Publishing.

We wanted our  web design projects  to be authentic, creative, and generous — and produce better results for our clients.  So we began to explore new ideas for creative generosity; writing about things we learn each week — and sharing the best stuff we discover. We’re creating  color palettes  that are authentic and natural, and we’re growing our web design and  inbound marketing  business organically by creating and sharing great content.

Color Palettes for Web Design

In  Mother Goose’s Guide to Beautiful Color Palettes for Web Design, we talked about some of our favorite tools and techniques for discovering and creating new color palettes.

What tools will help you discover interesting new color palettes?

Free Online Tools for Creating Color Palettes

This morning we used 3 free online tools to create new color palettes and explore various color combinations. Each of these free tools will create various color palettes from the photographs that you provide.

  1. PhotoCopa  (from  ColourLovers).
  2. Palette Generator
  3. ColorExplorer

Here are the results:

ONE – The first example was created using the PhotoCopa tool.

Coffee Color Palette created via Color Copa - from the photo by Douglas Vos at the Queen Bean Coffee House

Coffee Color Palette created via Color Copa – from the photo by Douglas Vos at the Queen Bean

You might have seen the 9 Beautiful Color Palettes   we shared after a recent trip to Florida. Those color palettes were also created using the PhotoCopa tool.

TWO – The example (below) was created using the Palette Generator.

Queen Bean Coffee Color Palette - Generated via PaletteGenerator.com from the photo by Douglas Vos

Queen Bean Coffee Color Palette – Generated via PaletteGenerator.com from the photo by Douglas Vos

The Palette Generator  allows you to upload a photo, select the area you want to focus on, and then provides  you up to 8 colors —  with  hex code colors  clearly labeled. Another nice feature is providing a pie chart – showing approximate amounts of each color used.

THREE – Our final example (below) was generated using the ColorExplorer.

color-explorer-coffee-cup-palette-15-colors

After you upload a photo, the Color Explorer will allow you to specify how many colors to output, and provides a color palette with RGB, and Hex-code colors clearly labeled.

After working with these three tools this morning, I think PhotoCopa is still my favorite because of it’s flexibility and variety of color options. What color palette will you use for your next web design project?