By Scott Waldman
At the recent Adobe Ed. Leaders camp I was introduced, via a colleague, to a wonderful application put out by Adobe called Kuler, http://kuler.adobe.com/.
Not being a graphic artist by any stretch of the term artistic I was mildly curious but not whole-heartedly ready to add the Kuler application to my repertoire of technology related tools and software. I made a note of the application in my “things that might interest me” notebook where I have dozens of useful tech tools and tips that I have collected but not adopted as a tool of my own.
Recently I spent some time with the Kuler application, reading the tutorials and the many useful web links Adobe has provided on color theory. Well I must say, after reading these web links, that I understand the importance and need for thinking about color. And Kuler makes it so easy. Select any of the rules of color such as analogous, complimentary or triad and then use these principles to easily select five colors that you could use in a website, print publication or DVD without worrying about color coordination or appearance. You could copy the hex values from the Kuler app or use your Adobe ID to login, save your color combinations as a palette and download them to Adobe programs. I teach technology to middle school students and will now insist that all students use Kuler before beginning any multimedia project. Along my excursion I discovered two other interesting sites. One site http://www.mariaclaudiacortes.com/colors/Colors.html contains a movie about communicating with color and the message colors transmit. The second site http://www.colourlovers.com/ contains collections of color combinations uploaded by color enthusiasts, similar to Adobe’s Kuler, that can be downloaded to Adobe products as color palettes.
I give Kuler two thumbs up.