Color is an incredibly powerful force.
It carries an emotional resonance. Shades of blue instill a sense of sadness, while bright layers of yellow shine happiness. Warm reds radiate love. Images with strong saturation tend to feel vibrant and more defined. Lower levels of saturation mute colors and can make the image feel washed out and even nostalgic.
It speaks volumes of information. In World of Warcraft, the system for identifying if an enemy is too easy or too difficult to take on is distinguished with color. Enemies with green tags are easy to defeat and yield less experience. Red tagged enemies might prove more difficult for a lone adventurer.
It carries meaning. When playing games, we tend to hold the expectation that objects of certain colors behave a certain way. In classic RPGs, red potions are expected to heal your character. Blue potions restore mana. Purple potions restore both health and mana.
Color is incredibly important to design. Even the lack thereof. After all, all designs require balance.
That’s why one of my favorite resources for color is Paletton.
Paletton is a color wheel souped up with all the bells and whistles you never knew a color wheel could have. While you start with just one main color, you can choose up to four to make gorgeous, cohesive color schemes.
The circle in the middle allows you to adjust the more miniscule details to get the shades of color you are looking for.
My favorite feature is the presets. Once you pick your base color, you can view an entire range of preset colors of different shades and saturations. I really think this feature is helpful for finding ranges of colors that you might not have otherwise considered.
When you’re done, you can choose to export your colors to just about any platform you can think of. When I’m focused and in the zone, though, I still resort to old-fashioned screen capture above all else.
If you’re having trouble coming up with decent color schemes, I would definitely suggest Paletton. I think it’s a valuable tool for any designer to make your designs feel cohesive and professional. And for those of you who love to work on the go, the great folks who maintain this amazing resource are currently developing a mobile version for phones and tablets.