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Section 2: Color Tools - Reference Charts, Swatches, Software, and More

 collage of Visibone color swatches from Photoshop CS2 

The Color Tools section includes several Web-safe HTML and RGB color charts here by VisiBone's Bob Stein, by Lynda Weinman, and Daxassist, and two helpful color schemer tools. There are also Web Site Resources to many more color charts, color swatches, color scheme palettes, color tools, color tool software, online or downloadable color tool software, printed color references, color deficiency simulators and related color testing tools, a wide variety of helpful free, shareware, and commercial color software programs, and other color tools.

Color Charts and Swatches

Color Charts at This Site

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Books on Color
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  • Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color, by Leatrice Eiseman
  • book cover: The Color Answer Book, by Leatrice Eiseman
  • Cover: Color Design Workbook: A Real-World Guide to Using Color in Graphic Design. By Noreen Morioka, Terry Stone, Sean Adams.
  •  The Complete Color Harmony: Expert Color Information for Professional Color Results, by Tina Sutton, Bride M Whelan 

Read reviews, why we recommend each of these color books

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Color Charts and Swatches Elsewhere on the Web

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Books on Color
Recommended by

  •  ColorSmart: How to use Color to Enhance Your Business and Personal Life, by Mimi Cooper, with Arlene Matthews 
  •  Book cover: The Big Book of Color in Design, by David E. Carter 
  • Cover: Real World Color Management, 2nd Ed. Bruce Fraser, Chris Murphy, and Fred Bunting 
  •  Color Harmony Workbook: A Workbook and Guide to Creative Color Combinations, by Lisa Sawahata 

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Color Scheme and Color Palette Tools, Software

Online Color Tools at This Site

Online Color Tools Elsewhere on the Web

The following tools are available online. See also Online or Downloadable Color Tool Software below for more online tools.

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Color Tool Software

This list includes software available for purchase, most or all of which is available for immediate download. Trial periods are standard, so you can try these out before purchase.

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Monitor, Printer Color Calibration Hardware, Software
Recommended by

  • ColorVision PrintFIX PRO Suite (Win/Mac) 
  • ColorVision Spyder2 Suite (Win/Mac)
  • ColorVision Spyder2PRO (Win/Mac)
  • ColorVision Spyder2 Express Win/Mac

See more software, read short reviews, browse book recommendations on Photoshop, Web site-related topics in our Recommended Books, Software section!

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Printed Color References

The printed materials listed below are exceptional in quality and usefulness.'s owner/editor owns all of these and relies on them constantly. Their quality and usefulness is unsurpassed. You won't be disappointed!

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Color Deficiency Simulators and Related Color Testing Tools

Below you'll find links to tools to help show color deficiencies and color blindness and to test design colors for color deficient users. These tools can provide tremendous insight and help with making sure your Web site still makes sense and is usable by those with color deficiencies or color blindness.

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