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Match web color to fabric swatch

I am in the process of creating a wedding website for somebody and I am trying to match some of the accent colors to a fabric swatch that will be used for the bridesmaids dresses. I'm having a heck of ...
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How can I adjust or replace many colours in an image with a new swatch of colours, without causing ugly edges?

I'm having difficulty replacing the colors in an existing image with colors from a new swatch of colors. I've tried the following : Magic wand and fill Color replacement tool Image -> Adjustments -> ...
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How do you make this colour displacement type image

I found this on itunes radio and want to know how this was achieved like how the triangle was made. I have come up with this so far in photoshop
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Need some advice on a websites color scheme [closed]

My website is about gardening and vegetables etc. So I decided to make the background and the tabs have a green color so it looks natural and organic. But then I realized that all my images are green ...
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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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How to rotate colors correctly

I need to "rotate" colors depending on a certain dependency, how do I calculate this? I'm using no program, just working with a bitmap in C# For example: Every pixel, which is R:193,G:0,B:0 has to ...
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How do I reduce the luminance of this sky without it looking weird?

This is a picture I took yesterday: The sky is a bit too washed out for me so I'd like to crank down the luminance of the blue. Camera Raw makes a valiant effort but the crane trusses and other ...
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What makes gradients in graphic design look attractive and what's the best way to use them?

There seems to be two schools of thought when it comes to the use of gradients in graphic design. One argument seems to be that it is not a very clean or appealing design, not to mention that it is ...
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How to copy and paste a color in Pixelmator?

Is there an easy way to copy and paste a color? I keep having to remember the RGB values and it's kind of a pain... For example, if I make a circle shape and set it's color to 123 44 5, can I somehow ...
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What color mode for Print jobs to show them online?

If I made an advertisement for printing in CMYK mode but I need to upload that file as JPEG online for client, should I use RGB?
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How to Copy Only selected Properties from Object A to Object B in illustrator

Since Eye drop tool coping all the properties from one object to another and I Don't want this in some cases. Does any one knows how to copy only selected property form one object to another in ...
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How can I find out what RGB colors a website uses?

I want to learn the CMYK/RGB or any other details of a colour on a website. Say the side/background of this very website. I want to recreate that colour. Can anyone help me? Or is there any specific ...
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How to logically organize color palettes for use in Illustrator and Photoshop for a specific project?

I am doing a knowledge transfer at my work to give the incoming designer all of my design assets and direction in an easily digestible format. How would I organize my color palettes in a logical ...
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How can I change the gradient angle inside of a Live Paint object in Illustrator?

I have been infatuated with this artist style of color, drawing and use of subtle textures. http://1212m.tumblr.com/post/49348782338 So I ended up drawing this derpy little thing from Final ...
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Replace Multiple Swatches - Illustrator

I am trying to create a template for a wedding card with multiple color options.The design uses 4 colors in a custom swatch palette. Is it possible for me to load a 'new 4-swatch palette' to replace ...
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How do I recreate this color overlay layer effect in Photoshop?

I would like to use the overlay effect used on the screenshot(s) below. I've tried experimenting with several Blending modes but keep missing the mark. I'm sure this has a very easy answer but I'm ...
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Is having a grayer background a bad thing?

With F9F9F9 background: Original: I thought my blog looked a little bit boring with a plain old white background, so I tried it with #F9F9F9 and #FCFCFC. I'm not really sure whether I like it. ...
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Why do my photoshop designs turn neon when I upload them online?

I am confused with what colour profiles I should be using where, as when I upload any of my designs online or try emailing them over to clients sometimes they are fine, but a lot of the time they show ...
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Trouble getting a color in Photoshop to show correctly in my browser [duplicate]

My website has a background color of #EEEEEE (238,238,238). I have an image with a light grey background I want to blend with this background. In Photoshop I used brightness adjustment to get ...
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Interpreting color function and adjusting pixels values

Here is the definition which I read from the net source 1st is Midtone: Situated between the darkest tone (Black), and the brightest tone (White). For a 24 bit colour image, this occurs when ...
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How can I achieve consistent colours in my app on different mobile displays?

We are working on a mobile game that will run on iOS and Android devices. The graphic theme has been designed during the first steps of the development by a single person. Now he's no more an active ...
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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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Color shade technique

Hey does anyone know how you can get this increasingly popular door shade technique that helps objects look 3d. (Im talking about the way the object with arrows pointed to it is made of of 2 shades of ...
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WCAG luminance contrasts - current practice, what is it?

I tried to ask this question in another group, but got a hint this group might be more appropriate. I just wrote a little tool to check luminance contrast (WCAG) on a web page. Testing this I was ...
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Getting better printed color matches on a budget

I make and self-publish computer games for sale at comic fairs in Japan. This is not a professional activity, and as such my budget is very limited. When I make covers, CDs, posters, or other printed ...
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Add more white color to Gimp layer

How can I add more white color to a Gimp layer? What about adding other colors to it?
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How can I get rid of these 3 PMS channels, without flattening it and losing the transparency

How can I get rid of these 3 PMS channels, without flattening it and losing the transparency? Thanks All!
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How to maintain a grayscale image (1 channel) output in a cmyk layered file that contains a color layer?

Thanks in advance for your help! I have been asked to fix a customer supplied ad targeted for CMYK newsprint. It is a .psd doc. The printer has asked that the file be supplied with the background ...
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How do two different colors match in strength?

I am not a designer, just an average man with no business in graphic design. But sometimes I see two colors in an ad or in the clothing shop and I can say that they are a perfect match. As if they ...
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Why do yellow and red look good together in this photo?

I've been looking into complementary colors and appealing color schemes, and I couldn't find any which suggested that this shade of yellow would look good with this shade of red. However, the picture ...
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Exact same colors in 2 separate Illustrator CS6 objects appear way less saturated in one

I have 2 different objects in Illustrator CS6. They are both their own layer. They both consist of several paths which are filled with a gradient made to resemble gold. My problem is that of one the ...
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Why is it that this color gradient is so much more attractive than others?

I've been playing around with some gradients on a site I'm developing, and I'm really interested in the psychology or other meaning behind why certain colors appear more attractive than others. ...
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Name of illusion phenomenon of bordering colors

Look at this picture: All the squares are filled with solid color without any gradient, but at the borders between the colors we see as if gradients were used. In the past I tried to create ...
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Text not very readable on different image backgrounds

I've come here seeking for a bit of design help or advice on how I could possibly improve the following: Like the title says, I'm having a website banner with multiple text displayed on different ...
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Substituting Black C for Process Black in a two-spot color job

I have a two-spot job that uses a Pantone Blue C and a Pantone Black C. I need to create various tints of the black spot, but I don't really like using Pantone blacks for tints. From a production ...
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How reliable are the colour blindness previews in Illustrator and Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator have options to preview what artwork will look like to people with red/green colour blindness (protanopia and duteranopia). How reliable are these previews? For ...
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Color management from monitor to print

I need to design a box packaging and need help with color management of the work - formats and combinations. My company printer doesn't print correctly. Should I just look at the print out and see ...
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Is there a standard color for a 'Share by email' icon for web?

This is a question which has always been floating around my brain when putting the final touches on a website. (And I couldn't find much about it on the web) When using social icons in the context of ...
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How to tone an image to with a specific color? Like greyscale, but toned

I need this image in a grayscale rgb(82, 82, 74), hex: #52524A: How can I do this on Fireworks or Photoshop?
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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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Illustrator > Recolor Artwork: How to manually choose the replacement colours from swatch groups?

Below is Illustrator's "Recolor Artwork" window. I've chosen to recolour (yes, I'm British) using one of my swatch groups. Notice that the first source colour is replaced with the first swatch group ...
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How to convert transparent layer to solid? (All variants)

I have a transparent layer, like this one (please notice transparency at the center of the image): How would you fill the layer with a color like it was done here: It is important to fill these ...
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Text colours on dark and light

I'm trying to create a set of 6 text colours that are to be used on both white and dark purple (42185D) backgrounds (on a web page), and still meet accessibility standards (AA). Are there any tools or ...
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Does the Pantone Color of the Year have an impact on the colors used in graphic design that year?

Just today I learned that there is such a thing as the Pantone Color of the Year. Wikipedia says that the color of each year is used by ... consumer-oriented companies ... to help guide their designs ...
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Why is my color being darkened when printed?

I am creating a logo and I am using Pantone 638U in Illustrator. I know Pantone has to be premixed but I just wanted to test print on my printer in CMYK. So I converted it to cmyk which is C83 M0 ...
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How does apple use its logo? A question about gradient logos

I'm an aspiring logo designer so I'm doing some research. Apple's logo, according to all the "evolution of the Apple logo" photos, shows their current logo as being a 3d type Grey gradient logo. So ...
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How do I change the color of a certain part of my image?

So basically, I want to edit my image (which was designed by a close friend of mine) to change my glasses from white color, to black instead. I've tried editing the hue/saturation but failed to ...
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In GIMP, how do I use an image as a color reference to colorize a black-and-white photo?

Let's say I have created a layer on a black-and-white image with a layer mask to colorize some parts (for example skin). I am able to change this with Colorize and change to any color. But how do I ...
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How do I match up Adobe's color profile to Apple's?

Why is there such a difference in the editing view & save preview views? I am using Adobe Illustrator CS6 for Mac OS X. Color Settings: North America General Purpose 2 Profile: sRGB Export ...
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In Illustrator the Layers panel Options for Selected contains no color assignment.

I see that others have more options for the Layers Panel, such as the ability to change color. My layers panel Options for Selected contains only: Lock. Hide. How do I restore the correct ...