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Bonnie’s Pick of the Month: Adobe Kuler

Kuler-IconOne of my favorite parts about being a graphic designer is experimenting with different color combinations. Adobe Kuler is a simple and fun app that really helps to capture color inspiration and seamlessly use it in my workflow. I’ve been using Adobe Kuler on my desktop for years, it wasn’t until recently that I discovered their iPhone app. It has a ton of great features, but my favorite is by far the ability to use the phone’s native camera to extract unique color themes. Simply point the iPhone camera at something colorful and Kuler will instantly extract a series of colors. Once you’ve captured the basic colors from your surroundings you can keep tweaking them until you find the exact combo you want with the color wheel (remember that from art class?). You can easily share your themes via email, Twitter, and Facebook. You can also sync your color themes to the Kuler website where you can download the swatches for use in other Adobe products. Pretty cool huh? You can download the FREE Adobe Kuler app here.

Take a look at a brief app tour below:

Point camera, tap the photo and drag dots to adjust colors.

Point camera, tap the photo and drag dots to adjust colors.

Adjust Colors, Get Info, Share, Delete

Adjust colors, get info, share, or delete.

Drag the sliders to change color, toggle to the color wheel with icon.

Tap color on top, drag dots and turn wheel at the edge to lighten or darken.

Tap color on top, drag dots and turn wheel at the edge to lighten or darken.

Rename Your Theme, Don't forget to tag it, and share!

Rename your theme, add tags, and share!

Renamed Theme Ready to Use

Your theme is ready to use!

 

For more information about Adobe Kuler and using .ase files check out this blog post.

If you’re interested in using the desktop version take a look here.