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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Check back every Monday for tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
Jess Stratton here and welcome to Monday productivity pointers. Colorlovers.com is a site full of talented graphic artists who've created beautiful palettes of color so that you don't have to. This is great for people like me, I'm not a graphic designer by trade, but I do have a blog, and I take enough pride in my work. But I want a blog that looks great and that I'm very happy with. Today I'm going to show you how to use the search box in colourlovers.com and view the palettes and get some inspiration so that you can get some help finding just what you're looking for for your next project or blog.
So, the COLOURlovers palettes are a selection of six colors that go well together, containing a mix of harmonious and complimentary colors. So, here's the color wheel. Now pick a route color, say this orange. Harmonious colors, which if you're talking about a website is great for things like, navigation points or, blocks or borders. There's a few colors to the left, then a few colors to the right of that route color that you picked. A complementary color that's directly opposite that initial color.
These are things like links, as they stand out but they still need to look good with that palette. So, this formula ensures that palettes that you choose will look nice together. S, let's have a look at colourlovers.com. Now, we can browse palettes, and you can also search for a palette. For example, here's my website that I did along time ago, called momelettes.com. And I definitely needed some inspiration for this, so I went to Colourlovers.
And because it was momelettes.com, it was kind of a kitschy theme. I went to Search Palettes and I typed in Egg. I hit Search just to see what kinds of things the designers had come up with that had these colors. So, here's where I can browse the palettes. And as you can see, these are beautiful color combinations. And I think this is the one that I had picked. It's called Eggs. And it's by somebody called Wombat who put together this palette, these colors to be used together. When you find one that you like, you can click on it. And it will give you more details about this palette.
For example, it will give you all the colors that other people have chosen, that Wombad decided to put together as a palette. And it gives you the hex and RGB values that we talked about in the last video. So that you can use those if you want. I can pick whichever colors I choose. Now, knowing what I know about that color wheel and those harmonious palettes, you'll see what I did. I used inspiration and took some of these colors, and then used what I knew about the color wheel to pick a complimentary color which is that blue from my links.
So, you can use these palettes for inspiration for your blogs, but keep in mind that you do need to contact the creator if you want to use them for commercial use. So, take some time, browse colorlovers.com. The palettes are gorgeous, there's lots of ideas to choose from, and if you ever come up with a great color scheme of your own, join the community, give back, and share your palette to help somebody else out.
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