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More Information on using Kuler Color Tool Online: Part 2

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 by


Back again with more color information and tools for you!  If you missed the first article in this series you can read it here:  Confused About Color?

Last time, we talked about using the color tool called Kuler.  You can find their website here.  We talked about the first of 3 links across the top menu on the site, the “Create” tab. Today we will talk about the “Explore” tab.  Before I start that, I also said I would talk more about the RGB # and the Hex code numbers that appear below the color wheel in the “Create” tab.

I chose the Analogous Color rule and chose these 5 colors next to each other on the color wheel.  When I click on the first color square on the left (red violet), you see an RGB # of 193|13|255.  This means that on a scale of 0 (darkest shades) to 255 (palest tints), Red is at 193, Green is at 13, and Blue is at 255 for this particular hue (the palest tint of blue in this hue).  Let’s say you are working in Photoshop and you want to “plug” this color from Kuler into your creation.  Open up the color picker and look for the 3 RGB radio buttons and plug in the numbers you found in Kuler.  Or, to get the same color you can also “plug” in the hex code found under the RGB number and plug that into the color picker under the RGB radio buttons.  Hex codes are used in web design most often.

So, as you create the colors you want in the Kuler color wheel, you can use them in your design software like Photoshop using the RGB number or Hex code.

Now, let’s look at the “Explore” tab next to the “Create” tab.  Right away you will see many themes pop up.  If you hover your cursor over any one theme you can see the choices you have to interact with this theme.  Click on each choice to see what you can do with it.  One of the choices is to download this theme swatch.  Just clicking on that choice starts an immediate download of this swatch in an “ase” file extension.  Save it to a place where you can find it again (say in a folder with other color swatches you are saving).  Then you can load it into your color swatches in Photoshop.  To do this, just click on the swatches panel or Windows>Swatches and then click on the dropdown icon on the right of the panel.  You will then have several choices of what to do with the color swatch you downloaded.

If you don’t like the themes you are seeing on your screen, go to the View box and choose one of the other choices:  Most popular, most used, or random.  Now, Nancy has been patiently waiting for how to use this tool for her particular decorating problem.  She is looking for a grey/red color combo.  So, in the search box (look for the magnifying glass), type in the words “grey and red” and you will be presented with several themes matching these keywords.  Here is the theme I liked right away for Nancy!  (See photo at the top of this post).  Again, you can download it, favorite it so you can come back to it later, and even edit it back in the Create tab page.  How fun is that?  This gives Nancy some ideas for what colors look good with grey and red and how to choose some new decor for her living room.

In the final tab “My Themes”, this is where you will find the themes you have favorited and the color swatches you have created from uploading a photo.  Now, you might be saying to yourself, I don’t see where you can upload a photo!  You would be right.  The Kuler site has just been redesigned and they are still reworking this particular tool.  But they reassure us it will be back soon, bigger and better than before.  I hope so, because this is an awesome thing to do.  You upload a photo and get a nice 5 swatch theme from colors found in the photo.  Can you see the applications for this?  Yah……..

In the next post of this series on online color tools, we will explore a website called Design Seeds.  And I will share some color palettes I have created and put into the same format as Design Seeds.  If you want to take a preview peak, here is the website:

Design Seeds

Please post your questions and/or frustrations you have with color and I will be glad to help you!

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