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Selecting colors and creating custom eLearning color schemes is a struggle many eLearning designers face on a regular basis. In addition to selecting and using fonts and images, a color scheme can strongly influence your course’s overall look and feel. Designing a visually-pleasing eLearning course, or creating a design that matches specific branding standards, requires a careful balance for how colors are used throughout your content.

While it can be a struggle to create custom eLearning color schemes, it’s much easier to use tools that will do the work for you! Here are three tools that will help you create custom eLearning color schemes for your next project.

Adobe Color CC

Use Adobe Color to create custom eLearning color schemes.

Adobe Color has been around for many years and is a go-to tool for all types of designers. With Adobe Color, you can create and save a custom color scheme in a few easy clicks. You can also explore and modify color schemes created and shared by other designers.

Perhaps the best feature of Adobe Color is the option to create a color scheme by uploading a photo. When you upload a photo to Adobe Color, it analyzes the image and creates a color scheme based on the different colors it finds.

I love Adobe Color for its ease-of-use and the play-factor it evokes in me! I sometimes find myself getting lost playing with the different options and settings.

Flat UI Colors

Use Flat UI Colors to create custom eLearning color schemes.

Flat UI Colors is a very minimalistic website, with a specific set of colors to choose from. Although Flat UI Colors doesn’t necessarily offer the ability to create color schemes, it is a great resource for finding modern-looking colors.

I love Flat UI Colors for its simpleness and for its selection of colors that look clean and fresh. With Flat UI Colors, less really is more!

Material Design Color Palette

Use Material Design Palette to create custom eLearning color schemes.

Material Design Color Palette is very similar to Flat UI Colors, as it offers a small collection of amazing colors. Taking inspiration from Google’s Material Design Standards, Material Design Color Palette makes it easy to mix and match colors to create a custom eLearning color scheme.

I love Material Design Color Palette for how it previews your custom color scheme. After selecting two colors, Material Design Color Palette displays a sample interface with your selected colors.

The Bottom Line

If you’re like me, creating custom eLearning color schemes can be a challenge; however, there are tons of free tools out there that can make it easier. What other tools do you use to create custom eLearning color schemes? Share them by commenting below!

Tim Slade

Hi, I’m Tim Slade, and I’m a speaker, author, and founder of The eLearning Designer's Academy. Having spent the last decade working to help others elevate their eLearning and visual communications content, I have been recognized and awarded within the eLearning industry multiple times for my creative and innovative design aesthetics. I’m also a regular speaker at international eLearning conferences, a LinkedIn Learning instructor, and author of The eLearning Designer’s Handbook.


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