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Colour palettes and their usage

Discussion in 'Graphics & Multimedia' started by FoxIX, Jan 16, 2016.

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    I'm not the greatest designer in the world (and that can be considered an understatement), but I have learnt a lot about the theory. But one thing I have always had trouble with is which colours in a chosen palette should be used in what quantity.

    For example, on http://www.textureonline.com/ they have a palette called Decaffeinated. I can understand why the colours go together (I can create simple palettes myself), but what I have trouble with is which colours should be used for what purpose.

    Whenever I try, it looks daft. Do I use the dark colours for borders and the light colours for large areas? Or should they be used for specific areas on the page? Is there a basic theory that I can work from? I've looked at well designed websites over and over but still unable to put those ideas into practise with different colours.
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    FoxIX, Jan 16, 2016 IP
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    And that's where your artistic juices should start flowing. I don't think there is a diagram (schematics) that will work in every situation, at all times. And if there is, it's probably made for a beginner designer (general do's and don'ts) which you're way past.
     
    qwikad.com, Jan 17, 2016 IP
  3. FoxIX

    FoxIX Well-Known Member

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    I guess there was a part of me that knew there wouldn't be anything, but it's always best to ask. I shall keep trying and see how I get on.
     
    FoxIX, Jan 17, 2016 IP
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    You can read Google Design Guidelines or use Adobe Kuler, which is a great tool to designing cool color palettes. However, there are not any strict guideline to create your own scheme, it's mostly art and intuition.
     
    R. Martin, Jan 30, 2016 IP
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    FoxIX Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I'll look into that Adobe Kuler. Might help with my design faux pas :D
     
    FoxIX, Jan 30, 2016 IP
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    I think you can use Paletton or Colors co to design color palettes.
     
    Maria Watson, Sep 29, 2016 IP