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Friday Findings –

What is ?

Basically, is a simple tool that was developed by Shaun Chapman to help web designers find lighter and darker shades based on  any colour.

 Is this essential?

Colours need to work together. Lightening and darkening of borders, hover colours, backgrounds, etc, is essential for the design to  work successfully. Codes

Each of the colours we use has a hex code which looks something like this….c90ff0.

However you can’t always easily gain access to this code.

Now, if you have ever worked with colours on a Word Document, for instance, you will know that you get a selection to choose from which are pretty standard colours on most sites.








You also get the chance to alter the colour even further and will most likely be presented with a colour wheel.

Like this…







Or like this..








Finding the exact colour on that is a pain at times, especially if you want to use the same shade again at a  later time. And, you are not always given the code.

If you use programs like Canva for your designs, they actually show you the code for each colour on selection.









It is important to save these codes for later use as trying to find them again can be a pain, as well as being time-consuming. is Cool

This terrific little –  is the answer. You can simply pick the color that you want to start with and the program  provides a range of shades from which to choose. Just click on the shade you prefer and it will be saved to your clipboard.


It is a cool tool, and if you use ClipMagic, you can save heaps of time by clicking on all the shades you would like and they will be saved for future use. You could even paste them  later onto a document like this…










Then you will have them for easy access for future use.

If you have found this article useful, please share so others may benefit.

I would also welcome your comments as to how you feel you may use


Liz Delaney

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36 Responses to “Friday Findings –”

  1. Larry Hochman August 2, 2014 at #

    I always love posts like these. A simple “how to” can give people the confidence to try all kinds of new stuff and grow in unexpected ways. Thanks, Liz!

    • Liz Delaney August 3, 2014 at #

      Thanks Larry. Any tool, especially simple, free ones are a bonus.
      I appreciate your comment.

  2. Andy Lockhart August 2, 2014 at #


    Great post and very interesting, playing with those color codes can be a pain in the neck. Love how this makes things nice and simple. Me like Simple :)

    Thanks for sharing


    • Liz Delaney August 4, 2014 at #

      Glad you like it Andy. Me like simple too.
      Have a great week.


  3. Elise Cohen Ho August 3, 2014 at #

    I found this to be very interesting. I actually have a color blind client who would absolutely benefit from this.

    • Liz Delaney August 3, 2014 at #

      It is a great little tool, Elise. Hope your client can make use of it.
      Have a good week.

  4. Jacs Henderson August 3, 2014 at #

    What a nifty tool Liz… I will go back to review your ClipMagic post as they are related. It is amazing how many shades can be derived from just picking one colour on the 0to255 site.
    Thank you for sourcing this for us all :)

    • Liz Delaney August 3, 2014 at #

      It’s a pleasure Jacs. I love looking for nifty, free tools.
      Have a great week.

  5. Monna Ellithorpe August 3, 2014 at #

    Hi Liz,

    What a great tool. Thanks for sharing. This will come in handy lots of times for me trying to find the shades of a color to match.

    Have a great day. Monna

    • Liz Delaney August 3, 2014 at #

      That’s good Monna.
      Glad you can use it.
      I am starting to make a list of free and easy tools so they are at my fingertips.
      Have a wonderful week.

    • Liz Delaney August 5, 2014 at #

      So glad it may help you Monna.
      I look forward to seeing your results.

      Have a great week.

  6. Dexter Roona August 4, 2014 at #

    Looks like a pretty useful design tool
    regards Dexter

  7. Jenni Ryan August 5, 2014 at #

    Thanks for that tip Liz! Its’ great having all tools that simplify things for us on our blogs.

    • Liz Delaney August 5, 2014 at #

      A pleasure Jenni. Useful, simple, cheap little finds can be so helpful.
      Take care

  8. Debra Jason August 5, 2014 at #

    Sounds like a cool tool, thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    • Liz Delaney August 5, 2014 at #

      Thanks for commenting Debra.
      Hope you can find a use for it.
      Take care

  9. Christine Adindu August 5, 2014 at #

    Great site Liz. I like the video introduction. I will check out the color program. Nice info. Thank you for sharing

    • Liz Delaney August 5, 2014 at #

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting Christine.
      Hope this little program can help you in some way.
      Take care.

  10. donna merrill August 5, 2014 at #

    Hi Liz,

    I just love this fantastic find you shared. I had been using color wheels but it doesn’t offer as much as this! I make my own images and when I seek out colors, it is so limiting.

    Here, the different shades of the same color is amazing..there’s so much to choose from. Putting it on a document is another good nugget of information.

    So the next time I want to create colors that conform I will use this program.

    Thanks so much for not only sharing it, but giving a great tutorial of how to use it.


  11. Liz Delaney August 5, 2014 at #

    Oh, I’m so glad you will find this useful Donna.
    I thought it was great. When I see all the colours of varying shades, they look so good I could eat them…lol
    Have a good play.


  12. Chery Schmidt August 6, 2014 at #

    Hello Loz, What a great tool I had no idea that there was something like this available for ius to use and FREE Now it doesn’t get better then this.. Thanks for sharing..Chery :))

    • Liz Delaney August 6, 2014 at #

      A pleasure Chery. Sharing is the name of the game.
      Hope it is useful for you.
      Take care.

  13. Nathaniel Kidd August 8, 2014 at #

    Hi Liz,

    This is a great find! It can be so difficult at times to get the perfect shade of a color. It is even better that this is free. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    • Liz Delaney August 8, 2014 at #

      I love to share, Nathaniel….especially when it is so valuable and free.. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

      Have great weekend.

  14. Sue Bride August 9, 2014 at # seems a very handy tool, I like the way the different shades of the same color tone are displayed. I used to use clip magic a lot at one time and it was very handy. I don’t have the same need for it now.

    • Liz Delaney August 9, 2014 at #

      Thanks for dropping by Sue. yes, it’s always handy to find something quick and easy for when we are in ‘creative mode’.
      Take care

  15. Erika Mohssen-Beyk August 10, 2014 at #

    Thank you Liz ,
    I did not know about this tool ,
    You give us always very good tips,
    and tools which help us .

    • Liz Delaney August 11, 2014 at #

      Thanks Erika. it is a very useful little tool.
      I get very excited when I find something which is easy and cheap.
      Hope you can put it to good use.
      Have a great week.

  16. Justin Iskandar August 11, 2014 at #

    Hey Liz,

    Very interesting recommendation and review.
    Research shows some colors can bring life to your blog and website and I think this tool is useful for that. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Liz Delaney August 11, 2014 at #

      I think it will be a great time-saver Justin. Colour is really important for all different reasons and this tool is the answer for many. Thanks for your comment.
      Have a great week.

  17. Kelli Claypool August 11, 2014 at #

    This is a GREAT cool tool find! I cannot tell you how much time I spend figuring out complimentary colors for a design, and this site will help tremendously. Thank you so much for sharing!!

    • Liz Delaney August 11, 2014 at #

      I am glad you will find good use for this tool, Kelli.
      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.
      I appreciate it greatly.
      Take care.

  18. Sonia August 12, 2014 at #

    Thank you for sharing this fabulous find Liz!

    I have often used a colour from a colour wheel and wanted to use it again, only having to guess at the shade I’d selected previously.

    This is a face saver as well as a time saver. Thank you so much!

    • Liz Delaney August 13, 2014 at #

      I agree Sonia. Trying to find the exact shade from the colour wheel was a pain.
      This is a time-saver.
      Have a great week.

  19. sean August 13, 2014 at #

    Ah this is great…It can be a real pain in the **** when you are having to find the exact colour you want, I have always had trouble finding the codes as well, so really helpful. Thanks :)

    • Liz Delaney August 13, 2014 at #

      Hope you can find this useful Sean.
      Thanks for the comment.
      Greatly appreciated.

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