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What Inspires: Color Apps

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Have you ever wished you could capture the scene in front of you and make it into a color palette?  I know I’ve been amazed by fall foliage or enamored by a bouquet and then, regrettably, forgotten all about it.  Recently, I’ve started using two iPhone/iPad apps to help choose and record colorways.  It’s an awful lot of fun.

Pantone’s “myPANTONE™” application is the first one I learned about. You take a photo with your device and the app makes it into a five color palette.  It’s really easy to email the palette to yourself, a friend, a colleague or whomever.  I snapped a photo of the pile of knits next to my desk. Here’s  a screenshot of the email I sent to myself with the palette and the original photo.  It’s interesting that all of the colors look bright in the photo but the color swatches are a really close match to the original pieces.  I am totally into this muted palette.


I later learned about Adobe’s Kuler app. The photo taking process is about the same, but you also get to choose between a few different color palettes or you can move the selections around and make your own custom version.

This lovely granite outcropping is in the Berroco parking lot. Kuler extracted a great section of neutrals from my photo.

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Both of these apps give you links to your colorways.  We’d love to see what your palette looks like.  Post the link in a comment below and we’ll be sure to check it out!

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. I like that the adobe one is free!

    October 31, 2013
    • There is an online version of the Adobe one you can use for free too. It’d fun to see ill the color ways other people have made.

      October 31, 2013
  2. Rebecca #

    I’ve often wished that I could do this very thing! Are these apps only for iPhone or are there similar apps for Android too? Thanks for sharing~

    October 31, 2013
    • I am afraid that I am very Apple centric and don’t know anything about Android apps. Definitely check it out!

      October 31, 2013
  3. Love it!

    November 1, 2013
  4. Reblogged this on Knit It Up and commented:

    November 1, 2013
  5. Sara Hanson #

    Wow never knew this existed – thank you

    November 1, 2013

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