ColorBrowserÂ is a simple way to create andÂ organiseÂ your favorite color palettes. Sets of colors are easily viewable in a clean interface. Edit them, rearrange them, create new sets, make them your own. The app is cross-platform usingÂ Adobe’s AIR technology.
You begin with an empty library and by clicking new you are greeted with colour editor to create 5 or more colours. You can either use RGB or HSB references and this is easily converted into appropriate hex colour references. You can createÂ palettesÂ of 1 or 20 colours if you like, there are no limits. You are also able to name these, edit and duplicate as you need and yourÂ palettesÂ areÂ automaticallyÂ saved.
ColorBrowserÂ is a simple and a useful little app. Of course, it would be great to be able to export these as illustrator colourÂ palettes but as we know getting the colours right is the hard part, moving them or recreating them in illustrator is easy. Think of it as a colour sketch book.
A fun little tool to organise your colour ideas. Download it here.
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