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

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Simulate projector like colors

There is a known problem that an average projector displays colors quite differently from what they are supposed to be. My problem is that they are different from what you see on a computer display. ...
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Photoshop RGB is not accurate

I want to change the color to a shape, I have a serious problem, colors does NOT match with the original color (photoshop makes colors lighter): Original color: Photoshop color: On the other ...
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How to change the color of multiple objects of the same color all at once?

I have a design that has MANY objects. All objects are one of five different colors. I want to change all the objects that are a peach color to a different color all together. To find all of these ...
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Best way to choose a color to display text above a full color background

I'm trying to create a simple color chooser GUI with a box on the right that displays the chosen color. However, I've noticed that black might not be the best color as it would be invisible with a ...
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Preventing adding up of colors for multiple brush strokes

This is somewhat a newbie question, but I couldn't find any solution. While painting, if I lift up the brush and start painting again, colors start adding up at intersections. This makes it hard to ...
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Change of colour when copying into a different Illustrator document

1) When I am copying a logotype from one Illustrator document to another the colours are changing slightly. Anybody know why this could be? I am noticing that the CMYK values are also changing, so it ...
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Linear color modification in photo and video editing

I have a specific, rather obvious method of modify colors in an image in my mind, but can't find the tools in common graphic programs such as Gimp or Photoshop to do it with. Color space can be ...
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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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Swatch Conflict

I am a very novice Illustrator user. I have recently been getting the following pop-up every time I go to copy text from one worksheet to another. This didn't use to happen: "The color swatch ...
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Examples of expensive color related printing mistakes?

I was preparing a lesson for new designers about "How to make print ready files?" and I wanted to add some historic facts about the greatest and most expensive print mistakes—something interesting to ...
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What is the optimal contrast ratio for best readability?

According to the W3C (and another question on this site), the contrast ratio between body text and text background should be at least 7:1 for good legibility. Google takes this up in their typography ...
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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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What is the lightest shade of grey you can use for a background colour that is still discernible from plain white?

I am advocating for the use of a grey background instead of the traditional white background colour for a couple of reasons (mainly to do with reducing the glare from reading on certain devices and ...
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What is the meaning of the prefix “A” in material design color guidelines?

I look at Google's material color guidelines and can understand that 500 means the primary color. Higher values, like 900, mean "darker" versions of the primary color. Correspondingly, lower values ...
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Preparing PDF file for black and white offset newspaper print

The print shop is asking me for a PDF in CMYK colors even though they will use only black ink for printing. My pages are originally laid out in color. Should I simply convert the page to grayscale ...
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High res Laser Printer for home use

Im looking for a 2400 x 2400 DPI Color Laser Printer, I can't seem to find anything cheaper than the Xerox D560, but I want to use it at home... Is there anything like that? Thanks in advance! Edit: ...
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What is 16bit color mode in Photoshop?

I am wondering when creating a new document in Photoshop about the color mode options. If you choose RGB Color there's another option via a drop-down which you can chose 16bit. When I create a 1300px ...
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How to create saturated color palette in Photoshop and Illustrator?

Assume that I have an A color with value 0xff0f0f and two basic black and white colors. How can I create quickly a swatch consists of all medium colors between white and A (lighter) and between A and ...
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How to make Adobe Illustrator remember past colors

I use the live paint tool - but between each selection the color palette gets reset. How can I make it remember the last color I chose?
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How to add color value decreasing layer in Gimp

I have an image of a house where the walls have 0 alpha. So when I use the image on a website and change the background color, the walls will be transparent and have the color of the background. That ...
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How to choose color palette for text on top of an image? [duplicate]

Im assigned to collateral, ad design, web banners, etc. It gets frustrating when the image im gonna put a text on top of has a wide range of color. And sometimes, it gets frustrating to choose what ...
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How to stop a brush from darkening the color of a previous stroke?

In the image above, I showcase the problem. I have some marker brushes that have a nice texture on them which shows the tooth of the paper. I'd like to get a more consistent look when I'm coloring ...
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Photoshop Single Color for Shapes [duplicate]

Everytime I use the Ellipse tool in photoshop it creates a border with a black fading to grey outline. I want to make an ellipse with a solid black outline with zero gray colors instead.
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lettering options for stationery with dark, textured backgrounds

I am starting a stationery business and am worried about readability issues pertaining to the color and contrast of the greeting cards. I am aware of the research on dark text on light backgrounds and ...
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Change black clothes into white

I have a photo of a man wearing a black shirt. I'd like to change the shirt to become white. I have tried using a Color Overlay but it looks "Photoshopped". Any alternative methods will be ...
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Need help understanding the difference between RGB and CMYK [duplicate]

I am a web developer that fancies myself on being graphically savvy, but I am far from a graphical designer — everything I need is able to be done in raw HTML and CSS. The marketing director at our ...
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Custom swatch guide color

I created a custom swatch color, I want to set this color as my Guide color. I tried Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid > custom but you can't select a swatch nor you can pick a color (with ...
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Remove transparency from semitransparent pixel

When drawn with the black brush with 50% of transparency, this color (when picked by color picker) recognized as gray color (128,128,128 rgb). How to remove transparency to get black color? What I ...
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The preview of color selection in Photoshop 2014

How to enable the preview of a color selection (font color, fill color and etc) in Photoshop 2014? As you can see at the image, there is not the preview of a color selection. To ensure, that my color ...
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How to find a Pantone Color in Illustrator?

I have a project which needs to be done in Pantone 18-2140 Carbaret color and I have no idea how to find it in illustrator. I went through all color books :( I would really appreciate your help. ...
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Is there a clean way to use primary colors as a partial background in a book cover?

A lot of UI guides advise against using primary colors as a background for text. I'm in the process of designing covers for a series of 4 books, and I thought it would be good to have a band across ...
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Coloring 3 menu bars

I'm trying to design my own website and i choosed content background color light grey an items white to focus attention but I'm having hard time to find best colors for 3-bar-menu. Top menu bar ...
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Exporting to pdf with CMYK transparency

I have a shape with a CMYK fill color and a transparent image. When I export it to PDF the colors get distorted. In the export the color setting is in CMYK. What I noticed is when I change ...
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What is the difference between Working RGB and Document RGB when exporting a PDF from InDesign CS5

I'm using InDesign CS5, sometimes my export setting gets stuck on CMYK mode as I was working on a different document previously and when exporting the PDF setting is saved. No problem, I just go to ...
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Can I store separate grayscale versions of images in a colored pdf?

While one should ideally make sure a color image is also suitable for greyscale printing via a printer's automatic conversion, sometimes it would make sense to simply provide an alternate version ...
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Illustrator - set stroke colour of multiple objects as respective fill colours

I have traced a photo in Illustrator, resulting in a complicated vector image with 20 colours. I would like to add a stroke to all of the shapes in the image and set the stroke colour to be the same ...
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Make image partially transparent in gimp

I want my image to have 60% transparency. How can I do this in gimp?
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All colors appearing duller in Photoshop - can no longer use full hexidecimal range

I think I must have pressed a hot key combo by accident as all of a sudden all my colours became duller and less bright. If I set them to their most brightest using the colour picker, nothing happens ...
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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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Are there contrasting onion skin colors that you use?

I'm working on an app and I have two images. One is the reference image and the other is the image produced in production (it's the layout created in HTML if you must know). To make sure that my ...
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Problem with colors when uploading images to Facebook

I'm having problems uploading a PNG file to the web. The problem is that it distorts the color of the image. The image is a trademark and uses a PANTONE color. I think this could be the problem ...
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What are some design strategies to make a 'dull' colour palette feel more vibrant? [closed]

Given a set of colours in a branding/style guideline that have a very dull look & feel (dark blue, light grey, dark grey and black) and no alternatives as secondary colour, what are some possible ...
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Changing the color of a vector created using Adobe Shape

I recently discovered the Adobe Shape app and have enjoyed using it, but don't understand how/if I can change the color of the created vector. I've tried using the edit > edit colors > recolor artwork ...
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How do you create a 3D pie chart which maintains the same colour properties throughout the entire extrusion for each segment in Photoshop?

How do you create a 3D pie chart in Photoshop CC which maintains the colour properties of each segment in the extrusion layer? Currently it is grey as standard or you can add a block colour to the ...
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What is the fastest way to copy a colour in Photoshop as HEX?

A lot of designers use Photoshop as a design and mockup tool. And in doing so, one of the last steps can be to get a lot of the colour information out so things like gradients and dynamic text can be ...
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How can I achieve colour overlay effect in PS?

I am trying to achieve the color overlay effect on a image. I have tried Gradient Map, black and white, a new layer with fill color and reduced opacity. But none are giving the best result. What ...
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How do I change all instances of a color to another in photoshop?

I am have created an image that has elements in it from another image that I didn't have a psd for. The elements in question are black(#000000). How exactly can I change all of these elements to a ...
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What shades of blue go well together (website design) [duplicate]

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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Why does Photoshop display slight color differences for the same eps file depending on how it is placed into Photoshop?

I have an EPS (logo.eps). The logo's color is #C34500 (orange). When I open logo.eps in Adobe Illustrator CC and sample the color is shows as #C34500. When I copy/paste the artwork into Adobe ...
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InDesign: Synchronize styles WITHOUT Color swatches

I need to have several InDesign (CS6) documents with same object, paragraph and character styles, but each with a different color scheme. For example a Paragraph style Heading with Character Color set ...