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

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What is HSB really?

Can any of my graphics designer friends explain HSB to me? I know it's hue/saturation/brightness and I know what those three do (for the most part)... I understand the algorithm of creating colors ...
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How to add a color gradient to a picture

I felt in love with the way this graphic designer, called Mariusz, has edited this picture. It would be fun to produce something like this for myself. Anyone has some ideas on how to create such a ...
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How to color correct in Photoshop to match a color card

I'm trying to get accurate colors for a digital-photographed painting. The photo includes a color card ("Kodak Gray Scale", with cyan "C", yellow "Y", magenta "M", and a 19-step gray scale going from ...
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iOS header font

Ok, so I am trying to do my first theme, a Tumblr page theme for bookshelf pages. My vision was basing it on iOS iBooks. There are some minor details which I don't know. I really want to know what ...
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Adjust hue / saturation such that colour X becomes colour Y [duplicate]

I need to convert some stock icon imagery to a pre-existing colour scheme. The method for conversion is to simply adjust the image hue to the right level. However all I have to go on is existing ...
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Never use white?

There was a famous blog post by Ian Taylor called "Never use black", in which he explained that one should never use pure, complete, 0-0-0 black, and should instead put a little bit of color or light ...
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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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How to create irregular shapes with round corners

I found a logo of a company named Ibbt. As you can see, there is a separation between elements (the shapes in the left). Can anybody tell how to create such effect in Illustration?
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What would be equivalent blue colour for this red/orange one?

I'm struggling to find a matching blue colour for this red one I've got: #cf3a1b By 'matching' I mean similar feel, in terms of brightness, contrast, lighting etc... I'm new to graphic design so I ...
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Matching colors for dark brown

I am building a website and need some advice regarding colors. My website is mostly white and dark brown. The logo and menu have to go in that brown color, but I am not sure which seconday color ...
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Rules for adding colors to a black and white palette in web

I am working on a fashion website for my own portfolio, that allows users to have their own account where they save fashion related items. A sort of Pinterest for fashion items. Now, I know that the ...
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Under the U.S.'s Copyright Law, is it an act of copyright infringement if we changed the color of another artist's image to black and white?

Under the U.S.'s Copyright Law, would it be an act of copyright infringement if we were to change the color of another artist's image to black and white? The answer to this question is provided below ...
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how to find the right hue to go with a particular colour

I do understand that colour wheel, however, Im struggling with finding colours that match a particular shade of gray. For my web application, Im interested in using this pattern of gray! gray pattern ...
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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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How to find relation between colors to recreate scheme?

I'm messing around with some premade site designs and I really like the color balance of one, however the scheme is not the color I'm looking for. There are about 30 color variations in it. Is there ...
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How to design a modern/slightly futuristic-looking application

I was hoping to get some advice from some more experienced UI developers. I have been presented with a unique challenge by my customer, and I feel like I am failing. Specifically, they want a UI that ...
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Can adjusting color (or grayscale) properties of an image affect its visibility in daylight?

I'm trying to find ways to make images more visible under daylight (i.e., when daylight reflects off the image screen/print). For my project, I want to display digital images on an electronic display ...
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How do I change the default color library for stroke/fill in Illustrator?

When I click in the Appearance menu to color a stroke or a fill, it pops up a library of swatches. I can't figure out how to get that to show a different swatch library. I have a saved library, I can ...
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How to overwrite brush “texture” with single color in Illustrator CS6?

I'm creating symbols using custom brush packs that I downloaded. Most of these brushes have many different colors in them ("textures"), not just a single one. My question is how to dismiss these ...
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Visibility of elements over different shades of blue

I'm debating which colors to use for my website. We've been trying to find the right colors for the logo and graphics of the site, and struggling with trying to pick between the light and dark blue. ...
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Perception and color theory

I'm making a custom keyboard and want it to look nice, and like Apple's, without actually copying pixels. I did a bunch of work on creating keys and the background, only to be amazed once again by ...
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Inkscape radial gradient center color visibly different from specified stop color

I use Radial Gradient in Inkscape. PROBLEM: Color at center of radiant is much darker than defined stop color, as shown by red arrow: How comes? How can I make the color at the center to be the one ...
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Given a number, how to find that many colours that are well-distinguishable?

I'm interested in getting an method for obtaining n well-distinguishable colours, where n is just a given number. The purpose is for it to be implemented in an algorithmic way. I have read other ...
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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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How do you avoid bands of prominent color in gradients?

So this is more scientific visualization than graphic design, but I think the theory is the same. In colormaps used for visualizing data, there are often bands of color that stick out when they ...
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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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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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How to get a hand colored effect in Illustrator or Photoshop?

How do you create a hand colored effect, like in the image above, using either Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop? I'd like to know how they colored the arrows and how to add a rough gradient like the ...
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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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How to create a color tinted black and white effect?

I was wondering how I would go about recreating this look on a photo using Photoshop?
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Proof printing for the web

I had this debate with a colleague and we didn't see anything solid or something from a search that would answer this with certainty so I thought I would open it here. You are designing a website or ...
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How do I move the color picker in a straight line?

Sometimes, when I'm trying to design something using a monochromatic color scheme, I want to make sure I get exact shades and tints of a specific color, but I don't know how I can do that because I ...
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Text effect on any background color

I want to display a text over a video. However, the video may include any color from white to black. What is the best text effect (color/stroke/shadow/glow ... etc) that can be applied on the text so ...
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Identifying HTML colour codes placed in one pixel

How many colours at once can one pixel contain? Is there a tool that can represent this pixel in a form of HTML colour codes? (And if there are many colours in this pixel, can this tool show the ...
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Issues with Pantone Colours in InDesign

I have the branding guidelines in PDF format (so viewing on screen) for an organisation with the specific Pantone Colours displayed alongside their code. Now when I add swatches for these Pantone ...
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What colors are good to avoid eye fatigue in dark environments?

I'm working on a program that requires a dark interface, because it's mostly used in dark rooms. After some thought I decided to add a light version too and let the user swap them, but both still have ...
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How to get all possible colors on desired spectrum?

I can imagine a very special red color in my mind but I can't find its color code in Photoshop or any other online color dictionary. Is there any tool that for example I say: "Hey show me all possible ...
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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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What shades of blue go well together (website design) [closed]

I've got a fixed layout page and the client has asked for it to have "shades of blue". What colour would you recommend for the background, page wrapper background, text, dropdown menu and the buttons ...
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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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logo with color gradient how to do this?

I would like to do the below color gradiant: Does anyone know how to approach this? I have searched but don't know the right way to name this effect. I'd prefer making this effect in Adobe ...
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Is there a metric for “apparent” chroma?

I'm not sure this is the right place to ask, but is anyone aware of a metric for apparent chroma? Now I understand that "chroma" and "chrominance" are very overloaded terms, so to clarify, I ...
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Color spectrum Image - How to create

I want to create a color spectrum image for a project. How do I create an image like this in photoshop?
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Change color of Pattern overlay

I wonder if its possible to change the color of a pattern overlay in Photoshop? I googled a lot but couldn't find anything useful. So I have a layer with pattern overlay, but I also want to use ...
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Is there a single text color that is acceptable on both dark and light background?

Is there a single text color that, when used on either dark or light background, produces a readable (or at least tolerable) output? If it makes it easier, constraints can be put on the hue, ...
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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 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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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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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 draw a image transparent in photoshop?

This arrow is transparent image. I want to draw an icon like this image (transparent) in Photoshop. The idea behind this is I want to colour the icon by using gradient tool in my app. It would ...