Product Review and Giveaway: Color Schemer Studio
Color or Colour as we like to spell it over here in Australia, is critical for designers of every medium. While finding a nice harmonious colour palette is something most of us do by eye, it is easy to fall back on the same few tried and tested palettes over and over. Personally I am very guilty of using beige in just about every site I design, case in point: FreelanceSwitch!
So today we are reviewing a product called Color Schemer Studio which aims to help you find the perfect colour palette for your next project. And for two lucky readers we’re giving away full licenses for the software, read on to find out how to get one!
How does it work?
Color Schemer Studio is a desktop application that runs on OSX and Windows and is basically a suite of tools to match colours up by showing you suggested colours to go with a single primary colour that you pick.
What is neat is that you can choose a single colour and then run through about 16 different options to generate your palette from Triads and Tetrads on a colour wheel to Complex and Muted suggestions as well as extra tools like the color mixer and photoschemer.
Color Schemer Studio has a LOT of features to make your colour choosing easier, some of the cooler ones include:
- Everything You’d Expect: All the standard colour palette tools like sliders, spectrums, colour wheels and the like are present and easy to switch between
- Easy to Use: The interface and system are really easy to use and pick up. Within about 3 minutes of opening the software I had it pretty much figured out from top to bottom
- PhotoSchemer: The PhotoSchemer is my favourite feature of this program as it lets you load in a photo and then play around with choosing a palette based on colours in the photograph. This is neat because I often see a photo and think what nice colouring it has. Additionally you can randomize the feature so that it picks odd combinations for you
- Color Blindness Simulation: I don’t know how often I would need to use this feature, but it certainly is neat. And I imagine if you were in the business of making road signs or safety warnings or other work that has heavy reliance on colour for indication then you’d be damn happy you had it. As its name suggests the tool simulates what happens to people with different levels of colour blindness.
- Quick Preview: This tool lets you drag and drop colours into a little mini website template allowing you to see how your colour palette would actually sit next to each other in a real design (which is sometimes a far cry from seeing a bunch of little boxes lined up next to each other)
- Screen Picker: This tool lets you pick with an eyedropper any colour on your screen, very handy for stealing someone else’s awesome colour combination!
- Colour History and Favourites: If you are like me you’ll go through tons of colour palettes before settling on one, so it helps to have a history and favourites to help keep track.
Related Products and Sites
There are a variety of other colour tools out there, here are a couple other links to check out:
- A lot of features you don’t get in a free colour tool like history, favourites, photoschemer etc
- Easy to Use
- Generates a LOT of combinations for the colour you choose
- Randomizing features help you when you have designer’s block
The Not So Good
- Getting your colours when you’re done took me a little while to get the hang of and involves one too many steps in my opinion
- Targetted at web users so missing any CMYK tools (though this is relatively easy to do in Photoshop/Illustrator)
Free to try a fully functional version for 15 days
$49.99 to buy with Lifetime Support
Get it here: colorschemer.com
Thanks to the good folks at ColorSchemer we have two full licences to give away to FreelanceSwitch readers. All you have to do is complete the following sentence and leave it in the comments:
My favourite colour is _________ because __________
e.g. “My favourite colour is beige because it makes every design warm and friendly looking!”
We’ll give out the one license to the funniest or most original comment (I’ll judge which that is) and one license to a random commenter!
You have until Friday 1pm Sydney Time (you can check Sydney time here) to enter!
Oh and make sure when you comment that you fill in the email field, it won’t show up to other users but it will allow us to have a way to contact you with your prize!
Would you like your product reviewed?
Got a product you’d like reviewed here on FreelanceSwitch? Contact Us to let us know. You’ll need to provide a copy for review as well as a couple of licenses, memberships or passes to give away to our readers. Note that with time restrictions we cannot review all products submitted (but we do our best!)