Kuler Photoshop Color Schemes

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So I’ve been using Adobe’s kuler when the need arises..

If you are unfamiliar with kuler, it is Adobe’s online color swatch scheme generator thing.  It is a great tool / resource to find new colors and help you build color themes.

@kuler, you can browse premade color palettes that were saved by others or search them by color, keyword, etc.  You can also create your own color scheme starting from a base color, or by generating one from an image.  It’s pretty sweet when you are at a loss for colors to use for a design project.

There is an Adobe Air desktop app for it, but it never works as far as I know.  Today, I stumbled upon a feature of the entire CS5 suite of products that allows you to search and create color palettes directly from Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Fireworks, and Flash!

Details after the jump…

Who knew that it would be built right in??  I had no idea.. and it won’t even require you to install a plugin!

All that needs to be done to enable kuler’s functionality in your Adobe CS5 program is drill down to the Kuler option in the Windows menu:

kuler window in Adobe CS5 programs

Window > Extensions > Kuler

After enabling the Kuler extension, the kuler window will now be in your workspace.  Here’s a picture of some of the window’s functions if you aren’t yet convinced how helpful this may be:

Kuler window in Photoshop

My Campfire palette!

I’m not going to go on and on for content’s sake.  I’m sure you get the idea by now.

Happy editing!

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