Choosing colors for a new project can often seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. While it often requires several rounds of tweaking to get things right, there are many color web apps out there to help speed up the process in a big way. Here are some of the best ones to help get things headed down the right path in no time.

Paletton is a great tool for choosing color schemes and has been around for years. Simply enter a base color and the app will do the rest. It’s easy to pick between different color relationships and how they should appear in the design. Slight color variations with varying contrast help create a sense of balance amongst the chosen colors and within the design, making it an excellent choice for anyone looking for help in choosing the perfect color scheme.

The free Coolors webapp, which happens to be one of my favorites, is an amazing color selection tool that automatically generates color schemes on the fly with a tap of the spacebar. It’s easy to use, intuitive and beautifully designed. Once a color scheme has been generated, it’s easy to adjust them right in the browser and copy the HEX codes with one click. Another awesome feature enables the uploading of images to automatically generate a palette based on them! Lastly, their explore page is full of great color ideas that can serve as tons of inspiration throughout the design process.

Adobe Color CC, formerly known as Adobe Kuler, is an advanced color combination generator used to create various color schemes with the spin color wheel, displaying a set of 5 colors at a time. It allows users to save their palettes and directly upload them as swatches to their CC programs. Clicking “explore” also lets users in search of inspiration browse themes created by many others.

Another great option is PALX, an automatic UI color palette generator. Simply enter a single color value and it will return a full-spectrum color palette tailored for UI design and data visualizations that will work harmoniously with brand colors. Very fun and easy to use!

Material Palettes works wonderfully when looking for primary and secondary colors and generating light and dark variants of each. It also creates analogous, complementary and triadic colors from a single primary color. Very cool!

Lastly, the Colormind webapp grabs color styles from movies, art and photos. It then creates a palette. There is an option to start with a particular color, lock it and then have the tool generate a color palette. Alternatively, random color schemes are generated if no colors are locked. It is a great tool for finding unique and inspiring color combinations!

Color selection can be a time-consuming process that requires several rounds of tweaking, but hopefully this article has provided several paths of inspiration to help conquer whatever future color scheme challenges that may come your way.

Good luck!