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

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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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What colors stimulate learning

What colorschemes do you think stimulate learning and attention seeking without being distracting?
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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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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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What factors do these colors share?

Colors below seem to share some kind of "tone" together. For example, colors like this or this seem too bright to fit into this group. What exactly makes this "tone"? I want some technical ...
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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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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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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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What are the possibilities choosing colors using Phi (the Golden Ratio)?

I recently sat down with a friend, and we hypothesized that Phi (the irrational number) and that it could be used to determine colors using an algorithm of a sort. So, I came back home, and googled ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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In color theory, what are primary and secondary colors?

I went through an article on color connotations and it did not explain why colors are grouped as primary and secondary so I don't know if it is important to know the reason why we have: warm color ...
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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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Choose white or black letters over color

Given a background color, what is the best way to determine if I should use black or white for the foreground color? For example, could I use a formula based on the HSB values of the color? It's for ...
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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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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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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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Choosing between Analogous, Complimentary, and Triad Colour Schemes

Background information: I'm working on an Android game for which I need to pick colours. But, I want the answer to this to be general to ANY kind of graphic design. How do I choose between using a ...
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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 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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Systemetic way to choose a good red & green color for dark grey background

I'm don't have any Graphic Design background. I'm a programmer. Recently, I tried to port my holo light themed app, to holo dark themed app. For holo dark themed, the dark grey background being ...
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Color mixer that can mix 3 or more colors?

I'm looking for some sort of service, tool or application – even manual techniques – where you can digitally mix/blend 3 or more colors (i.e. not 2 as in most applications out there) and get the ...
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How to create a color of the same brightness and saturation?

Let's consider three colors: Red, Green and Blue. For blue I created a specific shade, something like #F2F5F7. If you see this color, it has a certain level of shade, brightness and saturation value ...
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What to do with negative Values in HSV?

in my c#-application, I use an RGB to HSV (and back) converter for changing a specified color-spectrum to another. In the actual case: rgb1=5,122,255 to rgb2=22,165,220 similar colors to rgb1 will ...
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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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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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What colors to use in a music player application that is used inside a car while driving?

I have 4 buttons (playback buttons) and 4 pre-selected music-track (song) buttons. Actually the content is not important. The screen will always be on like a GPS application. There will be 2 ...
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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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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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Site / App color schemes

I have a Color scheme for an app lets say I'm using the colors from this swatch http://kuler.adobe.com/#themeID/1746892. I am about to create another app and I'd like all of the apps created by my ...
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Red replacement as color convention in primarly-red websites

I am working for a company, which web site uses red as its primary color, because this is the main corporate color (so, this could not be replaced). The usual convention, of using red to highlight ...
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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 determine exact contrast ratio

Because of the recent Web accessibility Law in my region, I need to ensure I'm designing with an appropriate contrast ratio. WCAG says the value of this ratio is 4.5:1 ...
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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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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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Theorical Colors ranges - Color Theory

I'm looking for specific ranges of colors here. I want the range (in Hexa or RGB) for warm colors and cool colors, active and passive colors for exemple: Warm color from #DD6421 to #FF0000 (random ...
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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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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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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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What role does logo color play in web design?

Do I need to use the logo colors at all? If yes how do I create a palette using it? How do I decide which colors to use how much and where?
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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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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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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 to choose color palettes for a theme?

Do you know / can you recommend good practices in choosing a color palette for a theme ? As you might have guessed, I am not a professional in the graphic field, I do coding and from time to time I ...