Questions about color mixing guidance and the visual impacts of specific color combinations.

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Who first discovered CMYK?

It has been used for colour printing for many, many years, but who (and when) first discovered that a bright pink colour (magenta), a light blue (cyan), yellow and black can be mixed to create almost ...
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How to pick reverse/inverted colours for logo variations?

It is typical in logo design that an inverted/reversed version of the logo is provided in order to cater for use on opposing (darker/lighter) background than the normal predominant logo colour. Is ...
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Why do dark shades of green and teal feel “muddy?”

I'm trying to articulate why I prefer dark shades of blue in an interface over dark shades of teal, especially since the color is on a dark gray background. To me, dark green feels "muddy" and hard to ...
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Distinct palette for translucent markers over greyscale image?

I'm trying to choose a discrete set of 10+ "cold" to "hot" colors to be used by translucent markers/icons displayed over a continuous tone grey scale image where each step is clearly different it's ...
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I have a bunch of colorants, what are the properties I need to know about them to predict the LAB values of the resultant mixture?

Let's say I have a bunch of colorants/paints in liquid form and my job is to mix them together. After mixing, I will have to take a sample, spray-paint it on a metal substrate, dry it, and then ...
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Is it possible to make a color sequence pattern using a loop statement

I recently played Stack from Ketchapp Studios on my android phone. I really liked the concept. And then, I came up with a question. How would these guys make the transition in color of the cubes using ...
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Expanding an existing Color Pallette

Is there any easy way to expand a pallette to include additional colors that match/compliment the current scheme? In the process of creating some design guidelines for my new nonprofit for ...
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How does one generate a palette similar to the ones in Google's material design?

Google's material design specifications have sets of colour palettes: Starting with a base primary colour, which they designate as "500", they then have a range of incremental steps of shade, ...
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Implying the ability to move a slider in my app's menu

Firstly I don't think I'm asking this in the right place, but Graphic design is the art and practice of planning and projecting ideas and experiences with visual and textual content. So my question ...
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Selecting colors suitable for color, greyscale, and black/white printing

I'm developing technical graphics for a printed/online scientific publication using Adobe Illustrator CS5. I am trying to select a color palette that is pleasant when viewed in color and whose colors ...
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How to test if a specific color is harmonious within a new color pallete

I'm trying to harmonize colors, I understand the basic theory, but when it comes to a complex palette, like for branding, website and multiple applications, how can I test if a color is out of the ...
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Where did the term “Spot color” originate?

In commercial printing, "spot colors" refers to specialized ink mixes to create a predetermined color. Pantone, Toyo, and others are brands of inks which specialize in the sale of "spot color" inks. ...
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What is the optimal contrast ratio for best readability?

According to the W3C (and another question on this site), the contrast ratio between body text and text background should be at least 7:1 for good legibility. Google takes this up in their typography ...
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What are common attributes to psychadelic designs?

I am looking for color combinations and effects which give us the feeling of something "psychedelic." Sometimes there are the color combinations, sometimes the objects relations - some shadows create ...
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Should I pick fonts or colors first for my design? [closed]

I always struggle to choose what to pick first, fonts or colors? This applies to website, brochures, pretty much anything that uses both. Any advice on this? Couldn't find anything on Google...!
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How do I calculate the location of a complementary colour on the CIE spectrum?

I am trying to answer the following question: Assume that white is at location (0.3, 0.3) on the flat CIE spectrum. Which is the location of the complementary color for the color located at (0.4, 0.2)...
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Is there a clean way to use primary colors as a partial background in a book cover?

A lot of UI guides advise against using primary colors as a background for text. I'm in the process of designing covers for a series of 4 books, and I thought it would be good to have a band across ...
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Coloring 3 menu bars

I'm trying to design my own website and i choosed content background color light grey an items white to focus attention but I'm having hard time to find best colors for 3-bar-menu. Top menu bar ...
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Highest contrast colour for annotation of greyscale image

When making figures for research papers I often have to do line annotations on greyscale images, such as the example below: The problem, as can be seen in the image, is that a colour that has high ...
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Are there contrasting onion skin colors that you use?

I'm working on an app and I have two images. One is the reference image and the other is the image produced in production (it's the layout created in HTML if you must know). To make sure that my ...
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Is there an affordable alternative Uncoated CMYK guide to Pantone's colour formula books?

Looking for a reliable CMYK uncoated colour guide book. Pantone is a little expensive (especially for design graduates), in my opinion. Is there an alternative with ICC profile and stock details ...
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How to call a genre of art with perfectionistic figures? [closed]

I really like a good combination of clear and harmonic colors and figures. For example, figures can be like in the pictures shown below or in these other two links: http://i.stack.imgur.com/CqcZp....
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Antonym / opposite of Pastel Color Space (Color Scheme?)

In color spaces we have the regular solid colors like solid red (#FF0000), solid green, solid blue, etc. ... Then when we add about 50% white ontop of it, it becomes a "pastel" color space... What ...
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How can I create a colour scheme based on two specific, adjacent(ish) colours?

I'm helping a friend to produce his website. He's supplied his logo and a flyer that he's used, which use the colour scheme he's opted for - green, blue and white. The specific colour values for the ...
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Which is the best website to choose the best Background and Foreground colors? [duplicate]

I am building a Flat color based website and am having trouble choosing the color scheme. I need a background color (section background) and a foreground color (element background). The element, in ...
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Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette/color scheme around colors I select?

No matter how nice the composition, flow, and lines of my design are, if I am not copying directly from nature, I have a very difficult time picking a decent color scheme. It either looks too drab, ...
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How to find four equally contrasting colours that are appealing to the eye?

I have a plot for a scientific argument I'm trying to make. There are four colours that should be (roughly) equally contrasting with two others. ie, if the colours are A-D, then A and B should be ...
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Companion colormap for text highlight color

Edit: I am looking for resources (articles, books, posts) which study the choice of a single color to highlight text and a sequential color for two and three dimensional plots such that both are ...
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What colormap to choose?

I'm doing maps of how much solar energy is received by the ground surface over Europe, using matplotlib. So I'm obviously plotting sequential data. I'm doing a filled contour map. I have monthly as ...
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Simulate Reading Mode on webpage

Latest UPDATE : After days of searching without a single conclusive (not even close) option or study regarding the topic I decided to create my own survey to narrow it down. This survey is only for ...
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How to pick and differentiate a flat color?

When I am using Color Picker in Photoshop or Illustrator I am unable to get a Flat color. What are the things or basic points that I should keep in mind so that I am able to judge a color whether it ...
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Does my very ugly website violate any general tenets of graphic design?

I'm learning how to use AngularJS (a Javascript framework used in web development), so I decided to throw together a website to test out some of its features. The website is mostly comprised of ...
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Material Design Colors fit [closed]

I am trying to do applications in material design style but it is not always has best colour palette. I have this screen and this bottom buttons colour really bothers me because it is hard to see ...
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Why are white digital fonts composed of more colors than white? [duplicate]

I know that colors are comprised of many other colors that can't be directly seen. But white? I thought white was just white. How come a combination of blue, yellow and red are not only are invisible ...
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Picking the right “white” to suit a theme [duplicate]

When you take a photo of a white object, it's never actually #FFFFFF white. It will have a greenish tint if you take the photo outside, or orangeish in sunlight. Let's say I have a theme for an app ...
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Choosing colours for type in web design

This is something that I've struggled with for a while now and I really want to correct it. Whenever I create a web design I use a colour pallete of 2 or 3 contrasting colours normally for things ...
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Representative color of Software Development [closed]

What are the base colors for software development companies? I mean, when creating a website, a logo, flyers, etc... everything related to branding, and things like that, what are the colors that best ...
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How to Match Skin Color Between Pictures Of The Same Person In GIMP

I have two pictures of the same person. Pictures were taken at same place but slightly different light were used in each one. I would like to adjust the skin color in one picture to match the other so ...
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Regular colors vs Muted colors

What are muted colors? How do I create muted colours? How do I convert standard colors to muted colors? Why do muted colours look the way they do? Why are they different? Here is a bunch of colors ...
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What are the true complementary colors and their values ?

Being a webdesigner I learned that Green= 00FF00 Blue= 0000FF Red= FF0000 Yellow=FFFF00 Correct ? And color theory says that Red is the complementary color of Green. Yet when I use http://kuler....
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Is there a worldwide applicable color-emotion chart?

Colors are used to represent emotions; especially in advertising. People have even come up with color-emotion charts like this one: Yet, depending on the country, some colors have different ...
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How to choose a color palette for a website

We're completely color illiterate on our team. Our internal site has a lot of black and white, but I've heard that too much contrast is bad. And people don't respond well to the look of our site. ...
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Is my mobile UI too busy or just right? [closed]

I recently finished touching up my UI for my app, I was curious to hear some professional opinions. Is it too busy? I need to display a few things in tandem and this was my solution. If anyone is ...
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Good color to go with black & white design?

What's a good color to go with a black and white design, if there will only be one color on the site? I've tried using color palettes but they're not very helpful, because if the first two colors are ...
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How to find a good background color for a 2-color logo

I'm putting together a small flier for my company. I am adjusting a template that I purchased on the web to suit my needs. My logo has 2 colors: blue #263B79, which is the main one, and orange #...
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Material design: text color settings

I'm trying to follow Google material design guidelines. I use the same settings for text color but the text is hard to read because in the examples they have an almost white background. http://www....
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How to select colors for target audience based on age?

Are colors and color combinations at all dictated by the age of your target demographic / audience? Since I think most would say yes than how do might I go about selecting appropriate colors for that ...
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Should I use company's logo color as a website color even if its bad?

I'm building a website for the company that I'm in, but the marketing department, isn't giving me much room with the colors. They say that we need to use the #2DCCD3 everywhere because it's in the ...
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How to make a good gradient with lots of colors [closed]

Any tips on making some killer gradients like this? I am in love with this gradient: (Image by Ivan Bobrov via Dribble: https://dribbble.com/shots/1763092-K-mark ) How can I achieve something ...