Color theory, tutorials & resources:
Welcome to the Color Lab
Picking colors that look good together is not difficult when you know a few basic techniques.
Below you will find links to the sections that take you through basic color theory in general and how to get the most out of ColorImpact.
If you are new to working with colors, we recommend that you browse through the color theory section before you continue with the other sections.
Paolo Di Pasquale has written this fascinating document about the Unique Language for Sounds Colors and Numbers
Chromoscale PDF 7.42 MB
Picking colors that look good together is not difficult once you know the basic rules.
How Color is Measured
This PDF from BYK-Gardner gives a very clear description of color i measured..
Solid Color PDF 580 KB
4 User Manual (PDF)
Read the user manual online, or download to your own PC.
Take ColorImpact for a spin and learn the basic functions.
Working with Other Applications
Learn how to use ColorImpact with Photoshop, Fireworks, TopStyle Pro, Dreamweaver and other applications.
Test patterns are real designs that can be used inside ColorImpact 4 to test your color schemes. Download additional test patterns from this page.
For advanced users
If you know how to use Adobe Flash, you can design your own custom test patterns.
Downloadable Color Wheels
A selection of downloadable color wheels in several file formats.
Downloadable Color Palettes
A selection of downloadable color palettes in several file formats.
Sample Color Schemes
A selection of sample color schemes created with ColorImpact.
Web safe colors
List of 216 web safe colors.
Just for fun: beautiful color patterns and dynamic color schemes.
Web sites of Interest
There are a large number of web sites devoted to color. Here is a selection of some of the most interesting ones.
A comprehensive web site with in-depth information on color theory. Very informative.
Want to dig deep into color symbolism and utilize the subconscious messages conveyed by color? Color Voodoo has a number of interesting e-books on color symbolism, color theory etc.
Useful information about the 4096 color web-smart palette.
Article on how to design for people with partial sight and color deficiencies.
Read this article by Suzanne Roman on how to use colors to strengthen your sales message.
This is a very nice web site with lots of useful information about color for painters.
What would you like to see added to the Color Lab?
We are constantly working to improve our web site. Please let us know if you would like us to add more tutorials, color theory etc.