28 Jun 09
25 Apr 13 5:10 am
Hey, Mark! Site's looking pretty nice.
I know Cecille mentioned using Color Schemer for finding an alternative color for the hover color, but in case anyone else is interested and in looking for a way to find a good color combination for their site is to use a strong image already on the page, particularly when you have one with good differences of color like the one at the top of Mark's page with the Coliseum. This method works great for finding colors for hovers, borders, header text, and more. That is to use a program like GIMP or Photoshop where you have an eyedropper tool and find a good color in the image.
In the case of this Coliseum pic, I'd work with the largest sized file that I had available to me and do a 3x3 averaged sample. If I just had an image that was the size of the one you have in your header, I probably wouldn't do the averaged sample, but with a larger image, the sampling can help make sure you don't get "extreme" by hitting that one pixel that might be way different than the others in the pic.
Just looking at the image in Mark's header, I can pic out at least 4 or 5 that I could easily make a "theme" out of that would be different enough from each other to provide contrast, yet because of the strong image would still make the site feel as if the colors belonged.
(I made a note to make a tutorial on how I would do this.)