I can’t remember where I heard about Kuler for the first time, but it’s pretty dang cool! (Wow, that was a bad joke.)
Anyway, Kuler is a FREE product from Adobe and it helps users develop their own custom color palettes. I’ve used this site a lot to decorate our house (which still has monotone walls… I’m working on it.)
Here is how it works: You can either start with a specific color or you can upload a picture and the software can find the picture within that color. Then you can select if you want to do a monochromatic, analogous, triad, complimentary, compound, shades or custom palette. If you wish to do anything but custom, it will populate the correct colors for you and you can adjust them however you’d like. Or, if you do custom, you can plug in your own colors.
The best part about this is that it will give you the RBG, CMYK and Pantone codes for the colors you chose, very handy to give to let’s say, invitation designers?!? You can create as many palettes as you’d like and save them to your profile. Or you can browse what others have done and customize their palettes to your own liking.
Seriously, besides this being a very handy tool, it’s just plain fun to play with colors! Palette