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

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How can I predict how colors will mix when silkscreening?

I'm just starting in silkscreen printing and I would like to know if there are common ways to predict the final result of overlaying transparent inks on paper? Are there methods that could help me ...
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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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Colors combinations and and how to pick a color [duplicate]

i am new to designing and i have a huge problem. I can easily generate ideas of layout how they should look but my biggest problem is that i can't or is very hard for me to get suitable colours and ...
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Substract color from all objects to mode alpha

I am trying to make some stuff from Illustrator, with using remove once color to setting up alpha mode. I created example from Photoshop like that: Any Idea? Edit 1: Recolor Art is useless, no ...
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Is cobalt blue a bad choice for text?

From the introduction of The Best American Infographics(2014/Mariner): "Did you know, for example, that cobalt blue is a bad choice for text, or thin lines, because of the way the eye brings these ...
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Placing visible text over images [closed]

I'm trying to place text over an image. The text should be highly visible, and easily legible, yet professional looking. The problem is that the image is one of many, and I can't find a consistent ...
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List of RGB quaternary (and beyond) colors?

I'm trying to organize a list of colors for a puzzle game. I can find reliable lists (names and colors values) of the primary, secondary, and tertiary RGB colors - but I can't find any reliable list ...
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What are some ways to spice up boring designs?

I'm looking for what you guys might have in your "bag of tricks", meaning design elements you use frequently, such as interesting shapes, lines, textures, all that sort of stuff that you use to spice ...
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Derive color palette from given set of colors

I have a set of colors on a webpage where one color is the main one: #864062 <-- main color #853f61 #925071 #541c38 #64304A #eac9d7 Now I would like to derive similar color scheme for any ...
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Any problems with light text on dark background?

My high school journalism teacher always said putting light text on a dark background is hard on readers' eyes and is a bad thing to do. But in my experience making spreads, there are many instances ...
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How to convert shades of one colour (red) into seemingly equal shades of another colour (blue)?

A site template I'm using has the following colour palette. I would like to use similar shades, but with navy blue. I will be using #003A70 as a substitute for #A13736, so ideally the rest of the ...
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Given a color scheme, how do I apply to website design?

Just so there is something concrete to discuss, say I have this color scheme: http://www.lavishbootstrap.com/?image_url=http://design-seeds.com/palettes/12/SpringTones505.jpg There are many articles ...
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Make sure the text is always visible as much as possible [duplicate]

I am given a text that is placed on top of a background of a given color. I need a way to determine the monochrome color the text should have to ensure the text's maximum visibility. My intuition: ...
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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. ...
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Where to start with Design with Text/Fonts/Typesetting?

I am a technical guy (software developer) and for some inexplicable reason kind of love looking at text or typesetting design (is that even the right phrase?) . I love what graphic designers create, ...
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How can I select specific shades when using a color wheel to create a color palette?

I am using a color wheel to create a palette. If I use a color wheel pattern/system like triadic, analagous, complimentary etc this will generate a series of basic colors/hues. My question is: Once ...
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Tips and resources for beginning designers

Thanks to the internet, graphic design and programming are becoming increasingly overlapping fields. As a programmer, I constantly find myself needing basic knowledge of Graphic Design, but have ...
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Colours consistently change in Illustrator the moment I deselect an object

While working with a file I noticed that the moment I imported my Illustrator file into Photoshop it changed our company colour #ff5522 to a different orange-red variable. Considering ...
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Contrast vs. balance in a logo

I'm not a designer. I'm making a new logo for an online community I'm a part of. I always liked bright colors, but not saturated enough to hurt the eyes. I'm usually using the HUSL palette to verify ...
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A quick and reliable test for linear a nonlinear color response with a given application / hardware?

There is an insane amount of confusion between linear and non linear response to color mappings, it depends on the drivers, the software, the hardware, the settings in your applications, what kind of ...
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Antonym 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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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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Is there a rule of thumb or some guidelines for deciding what colour to use for a border?

What's the border color paradigm in terms of color schemes and background color? Some borders look nice on some backgrounds. Is there a rule of thumb when choosing div's border colors in respect to ...
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How to arrange images by their dominant color?

I want to arrange a stack of images by their primary color/s - or another, aesthetic way by involving an algorithm, rather than my own poor judgement. Is there a tool for doing so? These are ...
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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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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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What is the relationship between hue, saturation and value?

I see people adding color on top of a gray-scale drawing and their colors look great, but when I do myself, the colors look terrible (dirty, not the color I seem to pick from the color wheel). People ...
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How to balance and match colors in a color scheme?

I've selected a list of colors (for months of the year). This initial set seems (logically) good to me, however I certainly need to adjust some color tones in brightness, saturation or so. Is there ...
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How to select 5 optimally visible and distinguishable colors?

I have a document that uses 5 different colors for text, on a white background. blue green brown red black (or any shade of gray) I need to adjust the colors so the text has the best visibility ...
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Choosing a color on intention

There are various colour schemes that said to be in harmony, like the ones you find on Adobe Kuler and Colour Lovers. One can choose if it pleases her mind. But what if I have some words, or, better, ...
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What are the basic rules of “flat design”?

I'm not a designer nor a graphics artis. But I wonder, are there any basic rules that can be applied to make for example diagrams or small illustrations look modern/flat/whatever you would call it. ...
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Which colors should I use to indicate higher values in a graph?

Which color should I use to indicate higher intensity, frequency etc.? I mean, most of the the graphs I've seen use red to indicate high values (intensity, frequency, height) and purple to indicate ...
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Why is pure blue darker than pure green?

If I convert hundred percent green and blue to grayscale then blue one becomes like twice as dark. I can see that green looks brighter, but I also want to understand reason behind it. Looking at ...
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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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I want to get bright green color [closed]

I am new to graphic designing and I am told to find out bright green color. I am attaching an image of a bright green I found. I want to know whether I am right or wrong, and if I am wrong, what will ...
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Need recommendations for finding colors to combine with existing ones

I have a darkish blue color #3c5c7c. I need a medium blue color to go with it. I know there are tools like www.colllor.com that can show me shades/tints of a selected color. But what I want is to ...
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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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Displaying Black on a Black Background

(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: As you ...
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Is dark UI pleasing to general app consumers?

I noticed there is not so many dark apps on the app store. With few exceptions such as Spotify, it makes me wonder. On the other hand, Android seems to embrace dark colors a bit more. Is there any ...
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Compare temperature of two colors

Given values a and b in the appropriate color space, does perceptual psychology provide an algorithm to determine which is cooler and which is warmer? Even better, is it possible to determine how ...
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How to select colours that match each other?

Looking at the colours in this logo, it is clear that the colours match each other. How do I find an orange and purple that match the same colour scheme? I suppose the colour in the 'R' is yellow? ...
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What Colors should I use for changed/added Items?

I am programming an Application that manages a Database. The User can add Items to the List or modify them. These Items should be colored. The Background ios white, and the currently selected Item is ...
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Light text on a dark background vs. dark text on a light background: which allows the reader to keep focusing for longer?

I did not want to get to the endless war of dark-on-light vs light-on-dark, but recently I discovered something interesting: while light-on-dark text is still less tiring for my eyes (and I also ...
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Are any hue angles are too close together for a tetradic color scheme?

I'm a UX designer specializing in interaction design and information architecture, but I'm looking to deepen my knowledge in visual design and color theory. I'm currently working on a new portfolio ...
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Why don't low-opacity colours blend the way I expect?

As an experiment, I made three fill layers in Photoshop: one red (#ff0000), one green (#00ff00) and one blue (#0000ff). I set each layer to 33% opacity. I thought they would blend together to make ...
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What is color value (white light) reflecting, and how do I achieve it?

I actually made up this solarization effect, but it's based off a simple algorithm I hadn't seen before. The answer below explains how to get it:
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Creating a color theme using adobe kular [duplicate]

I am trying to create a color theme to my website using adobe kuler. I am really new to that app and confusing how to create a theme there. This is my main color - #53001e Can any body tell me ...
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What Color Theory goes into designing camouflage?

I don't have an actual project, but I saw this photo today And noticed that even thought the person is in front of a white background, their jacket still allows them to look relatively flat, and ...
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How can I improve colors in my smartphone 2D game?

I just finished developing a game for Windows Phone 8, and now I'm searching for some optimization. In particular, since I don't understand much about graphics design, I payed a guy to make me ...
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How does color affect kerning and leading in CSS?

I received permission to make some changes to the company's website. All I've done so far is change Font Color and Background Color. Doing so though made drastic changes in leading (line-height) and ...