I am always on the lookout for inspiration or free tools on the web that will make quilting fun. Today I would like to introduce you to Kuler (pronounced “cooler”). This is a tool developed by Adobe primarily for use in their Creative Suite software but it is a powerful free color tool that you can use in planning your color palette in quilting. If color choice is scary for you, this free tool can be your best friend.
Interested? Here’s how it works. Go to http://kuler.adobe.com/ and register. It’s free, you just need an email address and a password of your choice.
I have used my mouse to move the circles to more muted colors in the photo. Look at the color band at the bottom of the screen. I have created a muted palette. There is also the option to click on “Select a Mood” buttons and the software will create “Colorful,” “Bright,” “Muted,” “Deep,” and “Dark” color schemes based on your photo, or let’s you custom create your own color group.
Click on over and check it out. You are bound to find something you love. Put it in your toolbox!The best thing about using photos from nature is the colors will always harmonize! Once you have a palette you absolutely love, you can save it to Mykuler and it will be stored there for you, or you can print it out and take it to your LQS and find fabrics in those color ranges and have a perfectly color balanced quilt! No more color fear!