7 Feb
2012
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Color Palettes Showdown

2 weeks ago I compared two ways to generate color palettes: DeGraeve and MyColortopia. I compared both methods to my own attempts at creating a color palette using Photoshop. Well, now a new competitor has entered the showdown: Chip It by Sherwin Williams.

chip it by sherwin williams

Like the other sites, you can use a website to extract a color palette from your inspiration photo. What’s really nice about it is that like MyColortopia it generates paint colors based on the photo’s colors. Chip It allows you to either directly type the URL on their main page or they have this nifty toolbar button that lets you see colors right on the webpage you are viewing. See it in action:

chip it by sherwin williams

So here’s the final Sherwin Willims Chip It palette for me.

chip it by sherwin williams

I really like that it pulled colors directly from my image and assigned a paint color to them. I had also liked the blue and green look in the original image and though Chip It pulled more of a gold shade out, I have to admit the palette looks really good with it. As a reminder, here were the original palettes I generated.

compare color generators

While clearly Photoshop produced the most precise color matching, it didn’t give me a paint color and it relies on the idea of using an image with a good color palette already. Chip It seems to win in my eyes because not only does it provide a paint color match but it also makes a complete color palette. Add on the bonus Chip It toolbar method and I’m sold. Chip It is my new favorite color palette generator. If you try it, I bet you’ll be sold too.

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  • Webpete

    That is so awesome! Do any of these allow you to upload your own inspiration photo? Just stumbled on your blog and haven’t had a chance to read the other palette review…

    • I don’t think I mentioned uploading (thanks for the reminder!) but MyColortopia is the best way to create a palette from a photo you upload yourself. You can find it here: http://mycolortopia.com/tools/mimins_intro

    • BettyBish

      With Chip It!, as long as you put your own picture up online (facebook, flikr, pinterest, etc.) you can get the palette from it.

  • Uber

    One more tool. It allows to choose a section of an image.
    http://dominantcolors.com

    • This will definitely have to get a review of its own. I love being able to choose the subsection and getting the hex right away. Thanks for the tip!