Questions about colors, different color space, RGB or CMYK color model, transparent color, using or changing colors.

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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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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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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. Here'...
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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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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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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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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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Do websites need three colors?

I've read a bunch of blog posts and stuff on web design, but don't have any formal education or experience/training. In experimenting with my first website, I've found that having 3 colors works best....
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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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Changing the background of the picture to white

I have a passport picture in which the background is light brown. I need to change that background to white. Is there anyway I can do that using Inkscape or any free tools? Here is the picture: ...
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How can I replace a color in an image?

I want to replace the blue part of the image with red. I've tried this using a combination of the Magic Wand tool and the Paint Bucket but that doesn't work well. Can somebody please help me out?
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Where is the “Add” blend mode in Inkscape?

How can I blend colors together with different blend modes in inkscape? I can't seem to find any options for controlling the method for blending colors. For example, how could I make something like ...
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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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Where do you get a Pantone book?

Without dropping $200 - $500 for a Pantone book that I don't plan to use very often, is there a better option to get one?
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Indesign Master Page item can't be removed after overriding it

Indesign CS6 Master Pages I seem to have a strange problem, in the master page (Right Side/Odd numbered pages) I have a simple graphic but when I delete it using ctrl+shift+click Delete, another one ...
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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 do I create color swatch for Photoshop from a list of RGB values?

I have a list of colors as RRR GGG BBB in a text file and I need to use only those colors to create my images. I'd like to be able to load those colors to Photoshop's color palette (swatch). Is there ...
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Is there a recommended neutral color palette for web design?

I am trying to improve my design side on web design. I have design a mobile app using a platform called ApplicationCraft which gives me mobile 5 mobile themes (colours) and have created a 'nice' ...
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Drawing text on an image background that has dark and bright parts

Often, I want to write text over a background image. If the background image is bright, I use a dark color for the text, and vice versa. But, often the image has both dark and bright parts. So a dark ...
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Is it possible to reproduce this “comics” effect in Photoshop? [duplicate]

I’m looking for a way to reproduce a similar effect in Photoshop. Is there a filter that can produce this?
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How could I adjust a design color scheme to account for paper color?

As a made up example, say I have a client who really wants a pastel blue paper but a color print on top of the paper. She knows there's going to be discoloration, but still wants me to go ahead and ...
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Make simple bitmap feel like real Mondrian painting

I'm using a bitmap API with Java in an effort to make a Mondrian-esque painting. This is my result: This is what i want to achive: How can I try to make the image I generated more like a ...
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What do users remember the most, position or color of elements?

I have a navigation menu with some buttons, that looks a bit like this (NOTE: Each button has a distinctive icon that differentiate it from the rest, I didn't add them to the mockup but they are ...
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Illustrator: creating two colour-wheel-like objects out of 23 circles/discs

So what I'm trying to do is make 23 circles in the same style as the image below, but in two concentric rings instead of one big one. The circles should be the same size and also arranged in a ...
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Photoshop: Change pattern color gives me a washed out effect

I'm trying to change the pattern color from a very light gray to a dark blue. I've used the color blending mode, but the result is a washed out color. Is there anything I can do to have a dark color ...
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How can I change the color of this object properly?

I'm pretty new to Photoshop. I would like to change the color of this object on my .png image: But anyway I try, it becomes this fuzzy with the new color: How can I change it's color to stay in ...
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Where can I learn about the low level concepts used in a Graphic design application?

I am new to Graphics design. I want to learn a graphics design software in order to develop a game. I chose Gimp as it was free and i followed few tutorials. Most tutorials accomplished the goal ...
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Why does my compressed JPG have different colors from the original file?

I have no idea at all, first of all, of image internal composition and color modes. That said, I have a very strange problem. These are the pictures: Well, the ORIGINAL is more colorful in ...
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How to access the system color scheme from CSS? [closed]

I would like for the content of a Web page to follow the color scheme of the user's system. For example, if they are using a GTK- or QT-based Web browser, the background of the Web site would match ...
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Photoshop - change colors of image

I am very new at photoshop and I am not sure if I have chosen the correct title for the question but I'll give you an example so hopefully that will do it. So basically I am trying to blend one image ...
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How to represent silver, platinum and diamond?

Most websites uses a scheme of bronze, silver, gold, platinum, and maybe even diamond to rank service plans they may provide. In my website design, I want to the users to have a dot next to the ...
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Color Settings Problem in Photoshop

A few weeks ago, I was trying to figure out how to convert RGB files to CMYK mode. I was viewing hundreds of tutorials and I can remember that most of them taught me to change the color mode from the ...
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Is it OK to alter the original logo on dark background or it's not a best practice for Branding?

Like below. Or we should try to make the change the original logo so it can look identical on any background? Can the 2nd logo (inverted) harm the branding or it's ok? It's easy to inverse a ...
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How do I match image brightness in Photoshop?

Say I have an image that had it's brightness adjusted. I also have a small portion of the original unmodified image like this: Is there a way in Photoshop CS5 to have the image's brightness un-...
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Can I globally change colors in an SVG using illustrator?

I have an SVG graphic in illustrator. I want to replace colors, everywhere in the illustration, with different ones. Could I operate the color swatch to make the change? I'm looking for a global ...
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GIMP - change color of object preserving feathering

I have an .xcf image and I like to change the color of some objects within it. The objects are mostly one solid color with the edges feathered into transparency. I.e. all pixels in the object are ...
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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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Determining the color of a hover state button

I've been designing buttons for a while now but when it comes to selecting the color(s) for the hover state of either a gradient or solid its been mostly been a matter eyeballing a darker tone. Is ...
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CYMK colors won't match

I am currently studying graphic design. I am using the Against the Clock portfolio builder for Adobe Illustrator CS6 to learn the program. I have had no problems until recently. The book is asking me ...
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How do I create iOS7 gradients?

I'm searching for some techniques that offer similarities to the new Apple blurred gradient backgrounds. One of my clients is requesting a similar look to the new iOS, while I have some blurry photo ...
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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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Reedit the cropped image [closed]

The above image is converted to png by cropping. whereas the main image was in wmf format. IS there any way to look at the above image in a better way?
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What constraints can I put on a set of colors to produce quality gradients?

I'm creating a gradient programmtically with HSB Colors. My Question is what kind of colors do fit good together in a gradient? Which of the Values H(ue), S(aturation), B(rightness) needs to variate?