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  • Hangin’ Around the Kuler

    November 28th, 2006 by Russell Viers

    Have you ever gone to the paint store to select colors for a project. You know the nifty kiosks they have where you choose the main color then it will give you some great ideas for accent colors?
    Me either, but it’s a great idea.
    Such a great idea, that there are some online resources just like it, except they are created for designers, not painters.
    The newest of which, is kuler.adobe.com. Not perfect, but a great start at a very useful color creation environment which actually integrates with Creative Suite 2. That’s right…after you use Kuler to create your palette of five colors or less, you can download it as an Adobe Swatch Exchange file which can be loaded into Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign for consistent color in your document creation.
    Kuler is a public beta site bestowed upon us by the Adobe gods, driven by Flash technology. Make sure you’re using Flash Player 9 in your browsers. If you don’t have it you can download it free from adobe.com.
    Not only can you create your colors, but you can tap into the brilliance of others in the design community, because you can also publish your swatches to the site for others to view, customize and use.
    There is a whole slew of swatch collections there, already…1167 to be exact when I checked earlier today. By now that number has grown, I’m sure.
    You can view the most popular, most recent and highest rated collections for inspiration, as well. You can also search for tags that might fit your project, like Orange, Fall, Snow, Phlegm, etc. Keep in mind you are at the mercy of the people who publish the colors to give it information that makes sense as searchable. On one of mine I used the color name Asphalt instead of gray. I doubt anyone will be searching for Asphalt any time soon, and if they search for grey they won’t see my collection called Road Hazard.
    If you type in Green as search criteria you might find another of mine called Forest for the Trees.
    So check it out, but make sure you have some extra time before venturing over there…it can be quite mesmerizing (To quote Adobe brain, Colin Fleming).
    If you are having trouble figuring it out, watch this video for a quick overview: kuler.adobe.com.

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