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

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Sources for Color Theory or Psychology of Color

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good book/blog/forum that focuses on design principles such as psychology of color, specifically where it relates to picking a color palette for a communication ...
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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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How to calculate how much contrast you need in a header if the focus is on content?

I am redesigning a dental blog. So the focus is obviously content, they can read related news, download technical documents, watch videos, etc. So I wanted the design to be subtle. But the header I ...
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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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What are some techniques in designing around a colorful logo?

I usually have to make websites based around logos that are very colorful (4-5 colors). Let's say the colors of the logo is similar to the logos of Chrome, eBay, Joomla, MSN. What are some of the ...
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Should your website and logo have the same color scheme

I am working on a completely new blog from scratch. New logo, branding, house style, everything needs to be done. Now the logo that is designed for the website has 3 colors, brown, green and black. ...
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Site Design Complementary Colors vs Analogous Colors

I am finding various resources on what is more accepted to use a website design color scheme, complementary colors such as red/green or blue/orange or analogous colors such as green/yellow or ...
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How do I work with a logo that has what seems like too many colors?

The company I'm designing a site for has an logo that I must work with. All of my ideas for standard color palettes and layouts are challenged by this logo.. Most [good looking] logos I've worked with ...
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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 make a color appear the same on different backgrounds?

Background on color perception: Due to the nature of the human eye and visual processing by the brain, there's an optical illusion that the same color will look different depending on the background. ...
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A selection of colors that spans the range of the RGB color spectrum?

Below is a screenshot of a small application I am building. I would like to cover the most significant colors from whole color spectrum, but I am missing lots of colors. I don't get the intended ...
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How to maintain color consistency across a website

I am a web developer struggling with design issues. I have a blunt eye for colors and my design skills suck (I try to improve though). I'm having issues with the feel of particular pages, I wonder if ...
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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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What color is suitable for IT company? [closed]

What is the best colors for logo of a IT/Web Dev company? I have created sample.
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How can I make this footer “more corporate”?

I created a footer for a dental lab. I was trying to keep it warm and inviting, but now being told it "looks too casual" or "looks too simple". I heard the blues and grays are "too subtle" So before ...
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Designing GUI for mobile apps working in bright sunlight environment

I'm going to create GUI for a mobile app that will work in bright sunlight environment (inside a car so it will not be fully exposed to sunlight) and the usability and visibility of certain GUI ...
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For the main image on the landing page, can a dark contrasting background help increase conversion?

BACKGROUND OF PROJECT Initially I envisioned that the header would have an image that can span the entire width of the page. I was thinking centered, and it would be so wide that as you stretched it, ...
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Is there a good way to establish a Green-Yellow-Red colour scheme?

Basic colour theory tells us that a colour palette of Green, Yellow and Red is a laughably ugly, they are colours that clash. If we take Green as the prominent colour, the analogous colours that go ...
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How to calculate the best type colour for a random background colour?

I might need to present content at multiple levels depending on the distance of the observer to a display. Let's say from far away the user perceives a flat colour, but from a close distance the user ...
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How to pick large color palettes?

An institution I know has chosen the following colors for its theme: It is used as a banner at bottom of web pages, and the first green is used as the main “institutional” color. I wonder: does ...
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Dark Theme vs Light Theme in Web Applications

I am designing a theme for our web application & I really like the new Adobe Photoshop layout (which is dark, though not black), so I took the cue & created my own dark layout. However, our ...
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Can adjusting color (or grayscale) properties of an image affect its visibility in daylight?

I'm trying to find ways to make images more visible under daylight (i.e., when daylight reflects off the image screen/print). For my project, I want to display digital images on an electronic display ...
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Differences in color conversion (RGB to CMYK) / How to choose Corporate Color

I figured out that there are possibly more than one methods to convert RGB to CMYK. Using Adobe Illustrator CS6 (Mac) the color conversion is completely different as the conversion via Wolfram Alpha. ...
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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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Given a number, how to find that many colours that are well-distinguishable?

I'm interested in getting an method for obtaining n well-distinguishable colours, where n is just a given number. The purpose is for it to be implemented in an algorithmic way. I have read other ...
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How do you avoid bands of prominent color in gradients?

So this is more scientific visualization than graphic design, but I think the theory is the same. In colormaps used for visualizing data, there are often bands of color that stick out when they ...
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How to get RYB complementary colors in RGB imaging software

I am looking for a way to get RYB complementary colors in software. This means, complementary color pairs I am looking to get would be: red - green yellow - violet blue - orange However, when ...
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Darker shade of a given color

What does it mean and how do I get a darker shade of a given color. For example if I have the color R = 53, G = 140, B = 205 or H = 204, S = 74, B = 80, or #358CCD What value do I change in ...
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How do I make alternating lines in a graphic visually distinct?

I draw a graphic consisting of N lines. I want every two lines to have a different color in order to be visually distinct. Question: Which colors would you recommend? The longer the list, the better, ...
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What colors are good to avoid eye fatigue in dark environments?

I'm working on a program that requires a dark interface, because it's mostly used in dark rooms. After some thought I decided to add a light version too and let the user swap them, but both still have ...
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How to find matching colors for label text and border for a keypad?

I am developing a calculator app which looks like this:   I'd like to bundle a few themes for the user. So I pick a few colors for the keypad I like. However, I have a hard time to determine which ...
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Which is easier on the eyes: dark-on-light or light-on-dark?

While working on my latest website, I started actually wondering if what I learned in grade school was true. I've been taught that programs like Word default to use a white background with black text ...
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Do high-content areas of a website need to be white/light-colored?

Many websites that are designed to be easy to read (eg. nytimes.com or ilovetypography.com) use white backgrounds with black fonts to make the content easy to read. Is it necessary to only use light ...
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Is there a metric for “apparent” chroma?

I'm not sure this is the right place to ask, but is anyone aware of a metric for apparent chroma? Now I understand that "chroma" and "chrominance" are very overloaded terms, so to clarify, I ...
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Designing interesting looking websites in greyscale, minimal tones

I know a business that wanted a website to match their brand, and it would seem that they are allergic to colour. I think designs in greyscale can look amazing, especially in print, but it feels near ...
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How to make red icon on gray background less jarring?

My app has a button to record or play videos. When there are problems with this feature, we notify the user by overlaying an exclamation point. This "red !" UI works OK elsewhere in the app but on ...
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Is there a single text color that is acceptable on both dark and light background?

Is there a single text color that, when used on either dark or light background, produces a readable (or at least tolerable) output? If it makes it easier, constraints can be put on the hue, ...
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How about a fourth primary additive color?

I'm currently reading Color Design Workbook: A Real World Guide to Using Color in Graphic Design, but it's a bit short on color theory basics. I was wondering: in CMYK, black is added to the three ...
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Tips for using poor colours well

This is less of a question with a definitive answer and more of a request for some tips. I am hoping that some of you may had had this problem yourself and can offer some advice. I have been ...
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Choosing color scheme? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette/color scheme around colors I select? Is there any way or tool to choose the best color scheme for a web site? ...
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What is a good illustration (or example) of the Helmholtz–Kohlrausch effect?

While reading on the Lab color space, I stumbled onto the Wikipedia page for the Helmholtz–Kohlrausch effect. I can honestly say that, while all the words in that page make sense individually, I ...
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How to calculate other colors with the same perceived lightness as a given gray value?

This is related to a question I asked on tex.stackexchange, which has a color aspect. The result of that question is the following image: I have drawn a series of gray squares on the left, with a ...
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Looking for suggestions for making type more readable with a drop shadow

I want to show a menu with indented items on top of a black background. I tried a lot of colors but can't find the right ones. I'm using css property text-shadow: text-shadow: 1px 1px #191919 , -1px ...
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Need suggestions on elements arrangement and picking colors

I'm making a new site, but I feel like colors or elements dimension aren't that good at all, I want it to look elegant and makes the user comfortable when looking at it. Right now I'm not getting that ...
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Improved splash screen design

The splash screen at the moment for my application is far from catching, but I'm no graphic designer and apart from the fact it looks bland and boring, I can't really work out what I need to do in ...
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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 ...
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Is there an equation to easily convert a color to its matching color in another hue?

I am trying to design a site with a couple color schemes. I am looking for a way to make color schemes that match mathematically. For example, I know that #FF0000 matches perfectly with #00FF00 and ...
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How to design sites with dark colours (red and black palette)

The graphic designer for my club created a red and black logo (major color is black highlighted with red). Everyone thinks it looks great, and I agree. The issue lies with designing the site. We've ...
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Determining text color on top of a selectable background color

I have a requirment to have users be able to select button colors, I want that according to the background color they select, an appropriate, contrasted button text color will be determined ...
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waves, tide minimal effect.. some ideas on to improve a attraction “hotspot”

Some advise is wanted from you great guys and gals on the below image. the idea is to represent a "hot spot" of "waves" where your eyes are drawn into. This concept makes you feel like clicking the ...