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Is it possible to create a modern-looking design with a dark theme?

I was asked a website redesign with two requirements: Inspired by Google Plus (clean, minimal, a lot of "white" space) Switchable between a White version and a Black version Here's my problem: ...
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How to fill with similar colours?

I have this image that have been damaged by JPG, and would very much like to restore it, as if it had never been compressed with JPG. Can someone help me with this? I assume I need to fill with ...
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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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Colors change in Photoshop when copying a selection from one document into a new document

I'm trying to copy a particular layer out of a Photoshop document into its own new document and export it for use on the web. I'm doing this by right-clicking the layer in the layers palette, ...
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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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How to create an art asset that can be dynamically colored in software?

Specifically, I have a bunch of photographic crayon images. I would like to remove the color from one to produce a neutral image that I can load into an iPhone app that I'm writing and dynamically ...
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PANTONE and color conversions

I have been given a standard color palette. The colors are defined in terms of PANTONE #### X for example PANTONE 1234 C. Followed by their CMYK, RGB and HSB values. Another page defines ...
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What is the most uncommon pigment in the phyiscal world?

My intuition on why Hollywood movies use a particular hue of blue for the background screen is because this pigment is not common in the real world. So a computer program would have an easy time ...
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Color matching tools [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette around colors I select? Can anyone recommend a good tool / website for finding color matches for a certain color ...
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Is there a hard and fast rule for choosing colours to make text appear inset

I've always liked the look of inset text on web pages so I try to use it every now and again. (Sparingly and when appropriate). I always find it a bit of a chore to find the right blend of colours ...
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Should I use different colours for talks in two languages?

Should I use different colours for different languages? Do viewers find it easier to read if the two languages are in different colours, or do they find it an insult to their intelligence? ...
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Formula for finding out the result of a color after applying x% opacity to it?

I have 2 colors #a1a2a4 black (#000000) white (#ffffff) Now I need to know how much opacity (in a percent) must I apply to the second color (black) against a background of the third color (white) ...
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Are there too many colors on this web page?

I colored a couple of table columns on this page and I think I've overdone it: now it's starting to look to me like a Tijuana whorehouse. Are there already too many colors on the page? Thanks! Any ...
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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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How to determine color transformations from given colors?

Our designer has provided us with some nice web 2.0 buttons, etc. I translated them into beautiful CSS3. Now I want to go overboard and generalize the color scheme using Sass color manipulation. ...
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Associate shape with color

In Illustrator you can create own colors in the color palette (as you might know :)). Now I want to do the following: create a shape, for example a rectangle, and assign a color from the palette. Is ...
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Paint Shop Pro 7: where to find color:transparent?

In a .png image, I want to color the three far-northwest corner pixels, now colored white, so they are transparent: This is, I want the background color to show through those pixels. But I can't ...
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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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What is format of this colors ?

I have some colors on paper whose specified color formats differ from the well-known web color formats. They begin with a letter of color then numbers which specify contrast like R143 R111 R100. R ...
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How to put clash colors together?

I am asked to put three specified colors together to form a pie chart, a colorful ring, some colorful diamonds and etc. Those three colors together are really ugly. Are there any tricks to make it ...
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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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Completely different interpretation of Pantone to RGB values depending where I look.

I'm making a web site and have been told the corporate color is pantone 2745. In illustrator, here, and here it is a deep indigo color. Here, here, here and here it is a deep violet sort of color. ...
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Do my colors work?

I'm not much of a designer (yet), and I'm still in the learning phases. I'm not bad with Photoshop, but when it comes to color theory and typography, I'm not sure I have any idea. So, I just create ...
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Color harmonies math:triada, complement, analogous, monochromatic

I need help in color math. I have one main color and i want to know how i can calculate other colors of chosen harmony. I need such color harmonies: triada, complement, analogous, monochromatic. Any ...
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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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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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Is there a way to make Adjustment Layers ignore certain layers?

Is it possible to insert a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer at the top of all layers - but make it so that chosen layers are not affected by it? Can it be done without altering positions? (Ie. moving ...
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How to choose embossing color?

I'm using css to emboss text with this: text-shadow: black 1px 1px 5px; My site uses different font colors and background colors. I was wondering how I can choose the "best" embossing color based ...
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Photoshop - adjustment layer to change colors of multiple layers?

I remember I opened a PSD file which did this. It had like 4 hidden "adjustment" layers, each for a specific color, and all the elements that used a certain color were being changed depending on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...