May Color Madness

by Fred Showker

COLOR Yes, now you can have a million palettes in the palm of your hand, we have to call this edition COLOR MADNESS! We love all those spring colors -- and utilities for graphic design, web design and creative communications ... we love these:
* Check My Colours
* GrayBit online accessibility
* Colour Contrast Check
* Peter Piper’s Palette Picker
* Palettes Pro
... and more

Check My Colours

May color month in DTG Magazine

Web developer Giovanni Scala has developed a tool for checking foreground and background color combinations of all DOM elements and determining if they provide sufficient contrast when viewed by someone having color deficits.
      Be careful what you wish for though ... we ran tests and came up with piles of totally unexpected failures. This is truly madness -- But folks, do indeed visit Giovanni's web site www.giovanniscala.com for some really cool stuff!
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Giovanni Scala Web developer
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GrayBit online accessibility

May color month in DTG Magazine

GrayBit is an online accessibility testing tool Created by Jona Fenocchi & Mike Cherim. It's designed to visually convert a full-color web page into a grayscale rendition for the purpose of visually testing the page's perceived contrast.
      Enter the URL of a page you wish to test. Submit the form. Wait for results. Wow!
READ THIS REPORT Full story : GrayBit by Jona Fenocchi & Mike Cherim
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Colour Contrast Check

May color month in DTG Magazine

Another unique color testing utility online, created by Jonathan Snook web design and development
      The Colour Contrast Check Tool allows to specify a foreground and a background colour and determine if they provide enough of a contrast "when viewed by someone having color deficits or when viewed on a black and white screen"[W3C].
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Jonathan Snook - www.snook.ca
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Peter Piper’s Palette Picker

May color month in DTG Magazine

Janet Lynn Ford has created Peter Piper’s Palette Picker, another very useful online tool to get your color combination.
      Just click into one of the input boxes, then pick your color choice from the color palette -- or enter a Hexadecimal (Hex) value of your own.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Janet Lynn Ford - Peter Piper's Palette Picker
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Palettes Pro

May color month in DTG Magazine

Palettes Pro is a powerful productivity tool for creating and maintaining color palettes. Great for creating color schemes. Now you can create a color palette anywhere at anytime.
      Grab colors from a photograph, a website, or add colors using any one of 5 color models. Quickly find matching colors with support for many different color schemes. You may create and store any number of palettes.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Palettes Pro By Rick Maddy
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Continues with this color field trip

And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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