Don't like default chart colours? Use these tips to get better colours

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(Stacey McDonald) #1

Underwhelmed by the default colours you see when you create charts? But once you play around changing colours, you don’t love those either? It’s tough. I was looking for advice and came across this article:
Finding the Right Color Palettes for Data Visualizations. I hope it can help others!

2 rules shared in this article:

  • Have a wide range in both hue and brightness
  • Follow natural patterns of colour (colours you’re likely to see together in nature, such as light yellow to dark purple that you would see in a sunset)

(MDuiker) #2

You can find a tonne of free, online web apps that generate a colour palette for you based on a photo you upload.

I did a quick online search for “create a colour palette from a photo” and PaletteFX was the first that came up that worked well and didn’t require a membership. All it costs is a photo.

http://www.palettefx.com/

  • I recommend against using personal photos simply because I don’t know what the site owners do with the photos after upload.