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(First post, yay!) Im working on a fashion lookbook for print and I'm displaying product colours on a black background, but what can I do for when I need to display black on black? Example:

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As you can see there are 3 colours but the black is not legible on black, what do you reckon I could do to improve visibility without compromising design too much? I cant change the black background FYI. The black dot in the picture isn't quite Black (#000000) its actually #20201f which I thought would help but when we did a test print it was basically invisible.

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By the way, welcome to GDSE! –  Circle B Jul 23 at 15:09
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Odd. It took me a long time time to figure out what you were talking about as the third circle was perfectly visible to me. –  Joshua Jul 23 at 19:04
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@Joshua Yeah its visible on desktop but as printers don't have as many colours its basically invisible –  BoneStarr Jul 24 at 11:14

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Here are a couple of things you could do...

Stroke the black:

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Use an outer Glow, this may not work depending on the rest of the design:

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Stroke all of them, this is what I think I would do:

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Circle B, the master of circles –  SaturnsEye Jul 23 at 14:43
    
There you go! :-) –  Circle B Jul 23 at 14:44
    
Yeah I think i'm gonna go with option 3 that you mentioned, thanks for the advice! +1 :) –  BoneStarr Jul 23 at 15:02
    
Great, obviously the strokes I did are pretty rough since they are not vector, and I would definitely do like Bakabaka said and make them the same thickness as the line below the circles. –  Circle B Jul 23 at 15:07
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Do add to the stroke idea, I'd also consider a slightly thicker one at 50% gray. –  DA01 Jul 23 at 15:32

Keep it simple: use a subtle outline on each of the circular swatches. From what I can see, the colour and thickness of the horizontal white line would be great.

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+1 Thanks for your comment, good observation of the stroke. –  BoneStarr Jul 23 at 15:01

If you have the capability and the time to experiment, I would try glossy dots on a matte background.

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I second that. I have done it, and it is - when done well - superbly elegant. That would mean gloss on the other coloured dots too. –  Benteh Jul 23 at 21:01

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