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I'm a web developer, started to become a web designer. However, I think my understanding of colors is not practical yet. There are tools out there that can give you color harmonies, and more stuff, like Color Scheme Designer, but they don't give you the start point. I mean, how should I know that for this web site, I'd better use green and for that website, choose red. How should I know that?

I think color selection is more like an art, instead of being a science, and I'm like "you should become an color artist, in order to become a web designer".

How can I improve my color selection skill?

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Truthfully I think this just takes time and practice. As you design more interfaces, you begin to understand which colors match the type of branding. corporate, social networking, gaming, cartoons... these are just a few of the thousands of categories a website could be based around. And each of these will draw in a different type of audience.

The link you posted to the color scheme picker is perfect for getting started. There is some science behind themes, especially if you understand color theory. It's not a very difficult topic but it may not help you much to "study" the science of colors. Instead I find looking at similar websites and browsing design galleries can give me much more insight.

Hope these external links can help you out man. Best of luck on building your design skills. It's definitely a process that just takes some time!

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Great answer to an excellent question. –  Alan Gilbertson Aug 11 '11 at 22:18
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Since you are a web-designer now and are unsure whether your project color choices are ok, you can check them on this site: http://www.checkmycolours.com/

You can also create colors using Adobe Kuler, save and export them to your project. Since I just signed up with this site, I am limited to the number of hyperlinks I can post. You can easily find the site if you googgle. Also when trying to learn how to use colors, knowing a little about color blindness will be useful as well.

This link has a compilation of 55+ color tools: http://www.allgraphicdesign.com/graphicsblog/2008/03/20/55-color-tools-for-color-palettes-color-combinations-color-schemes-more-for-graphic-designers-web-designers/

Good luck to you!

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