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Good monitors for graphic design / printwork ?

I am working primarily in book graphic design: edit images, color profiles, do the layout of the book, prepare it for print etc. Sometimes I do logos, corporate identity packages etc. I do not do ...
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How to choose colors for a website layout?

Given that I'm new to graphic design and I'm trying to design the homepage of my website, I can't really understand the reason why I can't make the homepage color "shine". I'm sorry for the ...
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I want to learn how to select appropriate colors and fonts for a new site

I'm developing a new site, and although I know enough basic programming to make the site, I'm not artistically inclined enough to make the site look nice. So, I was hoping I could get some suggestions ...
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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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Color Theme Repo Similar to Kuler

I have a website where users can create custom designed paper goods. I default the color selections for a template to something popular I found on Kuler, but I've noticed the colors themes that the ...
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When I export an image from Illustrator, why is it a slightly different color in the exported image?

I have a web design layout in AI that I'm trying to slice up into HTML/CSS. I'm having trouble keeping the colors the same in the exported files as they are in Illustrator. When I open it up in ...
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What color sets are there?

I've got a music player that colors the playlist songs according to various criteria, and recently I've changed the random color generator to a static list of traditional japanese colors. That made ...
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How do I shift/remap one range of colors to another in Photoshop?

I have attached an image to hopefully explain better, but if say I have an image that ranges from color 'A' to 'C', and I want it to range from 'B' to 'D' instead - what is the best method? I'm sure ...
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What's this type of abstract, blended-color image called?

I'm trying to create a landing page, and the main image which I have in mind contains a blended combination of mixed abstract colors. Something like those images: However, it seems I'm not using ...
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How can I map the colors in a greyscale image to a specific color “gradient”?

Caveat: I'm not a graphic designer and may be misusing some terminology. Please bear with me. :-) I'm attempting to add color to some greyscale icons (i.e. all three channels are identical). I ...
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How can I apply color to a grayscale image?

I'm using Fireworks for graphical drawing, and I have this bitmap image that contains some greys that I wish to change it to red, however if I use the Hue/Saturation on it, it does not change colour. ...
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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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Which tool to balance color strength ?

lets say I have a rectangle divided in two complementary colors, yellow and purple. How can I calculate the percentage of surface that both colors require so that none seem to take over ? (I'm ...
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Choosing colors that work well on projectors

When specifying colors for use in a software user interface, what's the best way to ensure that those colors will look acceptable on all common display technologies: CRT, LCD, and in particular ...
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Colors in Website Design

It's not a kind of question but rather it's a kind of thing which effects a lot in web designing. What are some important rules to follow for making a color combination in web design? I always fail ...
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What's a good source of color palettes to provide to a color-blind user?

There's a question on this site already about choosing good color palettes when designing for color-blind users. My question is different — it's about working with colors for an audience with normal ...
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Why does anti-aliasing in black characters use colors other than gray-scale ?

I'm a developer, I'm not a graphic designer. But there's one question that bugs me every since I've noticed it some years ago. Anti-aliasing is a method for removing the sharpiness from high contrast ...
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Good color palette, usable for the color blind.

I'm designing a chart right now, that will slowly have more items added to it. I'd like to create an list/order of colors for the items, that will be most usable for the color blind to differentiate ...
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How do I get rid of a background color (with a glow)

I have this image: Is there any way to get rid of the red background (make it transparent) yet keep all the glow effects? So far I've only been able to remove the pure-red parts of the image, yet ...
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Coloring individual parts in a brush

How do I colour each individual ribbon like the finished preview for these brushes? From DeviantArt:
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In Inkscape, how can I save colors for use in multiple elements?

For example, I'd like to have a color called "text-color" or one called "content-box-color". How can I save a color like this and then assign it to an element?
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Fully Importing A Saved Colour Palette In Illustrator?

Is there any way to fully import a saved colour palette into Illustrator? I once saved a colour palette from one project and wanted to import the colours for use in another project, but I found that ...
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Color inverting layer

I am trying to make an arrow that will stand out against any background. I know there are ways to make transparent and semi-transparent images. I was wondering if there is a way to make a layer that ...
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Good Resources for Colour Schemes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Picking colors that don't clash. What are some good resources for getting colour schemes/palettes for your designs? I usually mix/make them myself but sometimes I ...
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Good background and text colors for a website with both photos and text

I put both photos and significant blocks of text on a couple of websites I run. Currently, I'm using white text on black or dark gray. It's getting a bit old, and I think I'd prefer text darker than ...
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Translation of Hex Colours to RGB Colours?

Apparently Illustrator and Photoshop uses different colour settings - Illustrator uses RGB and Photoshop uses some hex/HTML-like colour system with a combination of letters and numbers. Is there any ...
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What's the difference between CMYK Black and RGB Black

I know this sounds a stupid question, black is black right? Wrong: It's black right? so why are the CMYK Values so far away from black?
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Convert a pattern/photo to a given palette

How would I convert a photograph or pattern to use only colors from a palette I give it? Is this possible in Photoshop? I think Pic2Color used to do something like this but it's offline... Thanks!
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Table of hex colors for NCAA teams?

Greetings designers. I've done enough googling to know that there are other people looking for this color table, but I can't find it for the life of me. I'm close to trying to write a script to ...
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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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What colors to choose for displaying blocks of texts on a colored background?

I know, that color of the background and of the text should have enough contrast to each other. That rule in mind, blue (#0000ff) text on red (#ff0000) background should be fine. But I get the feeling ...
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Command line interface-based way to desaturate and posterize an image?

This is by far my most common task, and I'd say I've wasted about 1000 mouse clicks on it in my raster-based program. Because it's so common for me to start off desaturating an image and then ...
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How to choose the right color to get the wanted effect in web design?

For example, in this tutorial, how could the author know which color to choose for creating a navigation bar? Why did he/she know that the gradient from #d0d0d0 to #f9f9f9 would generate the following ...
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Are there examples of software that use a dark colour scheme?

A client told me they want something with more a design software feel rather than web 2.0 feel, particularly something with a dark colour scheme. So now I am looking for some examples to show to him. ...
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Do you use colour lasers for proof printing?

I own an EPSON Stylus Photo RX640 printer which prints really good on special paper media, but is rather poor when it comes to normal (>75%) printing on plain papers. Beside that it's also quite ...
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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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Why is this gradient considered metallic chrome?

Why is the "white to brown & white to blue" gradient generally considered a shiny metal? What is the reasoning/theory behind this? Why those colours? (If someone says chrome, you might first ...
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Calibrating a screen on a budget?

How would you calibrate a screen on a budget? Are there simple, affordable devices, methods, or printed kits that help achieve at least some degree of colour correctness on a modern TFT monitor? ...
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How do I make screenshots look good when printed in CMYK?

When printing screenshots alongside black text, black areas of the screenshot look a washed out "muddy dark grey" and "washed out". What causes this and can I improve the black color area?
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What is 5-colour printing?

When my print rep talks about five-colour printing, what does he mean? I know you have cyan, magenta, yellow and black - but what's the fifth?
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How many colors should be used in a background gradient?

For on-screen design (web or desktop applications), in areas where there is significant background space visible, a subtle gradient adds a lot to the look of the app/page/image. How many colors (max) ...
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How to export PNG to be compatible with all browsers

I recently found our that some PNG files render a slightly different shade of color in Safari. (I think this is because Safari can't render PNG Gamma channel properly or what). How do I export the ...
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Why are certain colors more prone to compression artifacts than others?

I most often see this with compressed video, but I've also seen it often enough with JPEG images. Many times blacks, reds, and other generally dark colors seem to be especially prone to compression ...
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What is the difference between CMYK and RGB? Are there other color spaces I should know?

I'm a photographer, who dabbles in graphic design from time to time as well. What are the differences between the various color spaces?
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What web graphics formats to use?

Web sites can contain JPEG, GIF,PNG, SVG format graphics. Which ones should be used, and when?
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Are “web-safe” colors still important?

Years ago, it was always strongly recommended that web designers should only use web-safe colors. Have studies been done to see if this is still the case? If so, what's the answer? Does anyone know ...
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Contrast ratio between foreground and background

What is an acceptable contrast ratio between a foreground and its background?
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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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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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How do I change a single layer to grayscale in Photoshop CS4?

I know you can have the whole image turn grayscale: Image > Mode > Grayscale, but what if I only want to make specific layers grayscale? There's gotta be an easier way than pulling out the ...