PrestoPalette

Cus­tom colours for de­sign­ers, de­vel­op­ers and any­one. FREE | GITHUB.COM/PRESTOPALETTE/PRESTOPALETTE

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Oc­ca­sion­ally you’ll come across a crudely fash­ioned web site or printed leaflet, and it ob­vi­ously speaks of the de­signer’s poor skills. If only they were aware of PrestoPalette, a com­pact tool that helps cre­ate har­mo­nious colour pal­ettes.

Its pri­mary ap­pli­ca­tion lies within web pro­duc­tion and dig­i­tal art, where the de­signer or artist needs to have a set of beau­ti­fully match­ing colours for their project. PrestoPalette looks at­trac­tive and it’s also easy to use. The main eye­catch­ing el­e­ment is a large colour cir­cle, which can be either smooth and fine, or coarse with dis­tinc­tive swatches.

The pro­gram en­ables you to de­fine ba­sic colours by hand and then ex­port the au­to­mat­i­cally gen­er­ated pal­ette. The lower part of the ap­pli­ca­tion has some set­tings that can help you achieve the best re­sults. You can de­fine the shape of the colour gamut and turn it to a line, a tri­an­gle or a tetragon. Gamut shape and Mix string af­fect the num­ber of swatches in the re­sult­ing pal­ette, whereas the re­main­ing three pa­ram­e­ters en­able you to ad­just the light/dark balance, set trans­parency and change the pro­gram’s back­ground colour. The Light­ing pa­ram­e­ter is great for shift­ing ex­ist­ing colour pal­ette to­wards any de­sired tone. You’ll need to hit the On switcher and then drag the bulb sign to the cor­rect place within the main cir­cle. Fi­nally, save the pal­ette either as a JSON file or as a PNG image.

At the first glance, it’s not ev­i­dent what the colour pal­ette is for if you don’t nor­mally deal with graph­ics. Yet PrestoPalette’s ease of use en­cour­ages you to do some­thing cre­ative with an ef­fec­tive colour pal­ette at your fin­ger­tips. The ap­pli­ca­tion com­ple­ments Gimp or Krita, adding a more pre­cise colour man­age­ment fea­ture to the ex­ist­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of these pro­grams.

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