September 20, 2007
Feedback, please: kuler in Photoshop?
Every time I’ve demonstrated Illustrator CS3′s excellent Live Color feature, the first question I hear is predictable: "Great, but when can I have that in Photoshop? [Or in Flash, or InDesign, or...]" Selecting harmonious colors is a necessary part of just about every design discipline.
Adobe’s kuler online application offers a subset of Live Color in a Web-hosted, Flash-powered environment. It offers powerful tools for creating color harmonies, plus tools for saving color sets & sharing those with others. As noted recently, feeds of these colors can be sucked into other apps.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I want to make it possible to extend Photoshop (and all Adobe apps, for that matter) by dropping in Flash-based palettes/panels. So, here’s a thought: what if we gave Photoshop (and maybe other Suite apps) the ability to use kuler to create and modify color harmonies, and to upload/download color sets to share with others?
Here’s a really simple mockup I created to show how it might work. You’d be able to use the color wheel to create color sets based on rules (Analogous, Complementary, etc.). Clicking on the resulting colors would let you paint with them in Photoshop, and/or save them as color swatches. You’d also be able to view, search, and use harmonies created by others & shared via kuler.
What do you think? I created a two-question survey to gauge your response. Comments are also welcome. [Update: The survey is open again. I didn't realize that Survey Monkey had a 100-response limit on their free account. Clever, clever...]