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

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How to find complementary colors

I often find myself trying to determine which colour is the "complementary" one of (or would nicely fit with) two colours imposed by the client brand. At times, only one colour is imposed, and I want ...
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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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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 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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Color Theory: Is there a measurement of “colorfulness”?

I was adding some colors to a Windows application. A column was going to be colored in order to indicate groupings to the user. So in Photoshop i first selected some colors to use. Being ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Seeking advice when working with SVG filters - more specifically multiply

I have a reference image of the effect that I am trying to achieve using SVG. In Photoshop the effect can be achieved by using 100% opacity with the blending mode set to 'multiply' The colors have ...
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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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Layout Desgin and Color Scheme for a Crisis Mapping Web Application

here are a few screenshots of a web-based crisis mapping software, basically built for both governors and people. The design is somehow combined by ideas from different persons, so we are interested ...
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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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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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Interaction of Color (albers) - book question

Wasn't sure where else to ask this, but I have just finished The Interaction of Colors, which is an excellent book by a Bauhaus legend. I had one glaring issue which I wanted to bring up-- in one of ...
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Contrast Color with Red [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Need help with the Color Combination for the Red Can some one help me to find a color that contrast the color Red HEX: cd0001 I am looking for something i dark rang of ...
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Title text color for header

I have this header image: And I'm trying to find the best colors for the text of the title. Any suggestions?
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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 ...