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

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How to determine the color and opacity using the color picker tool?

I have received a PSD that has a semi transparent image in it. I know the image is semitransparent because I see the Photoshop checkered background behind it. When I look at the layers I see one layer ...
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InDesign, how do I make chapters vary in colour scheme?

I'm new to InDesign and am working on a catalogue for my company. I'd like each catalogue chapter to have a different colour scheme - e.g. chapter 1 uses blues, chapter 2 uses reds, etc. I've ...
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Colors in Photoshop CS6/CC look different than in browser?

One of my friends, a graphic designer told me recently that sometimes colors in Photshop look slightly different than the ones rendered in browser. I know it is possible when you save a file and then ...
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Grey is printing out grainy

I've noticed in a couple of pieces of my artwork that when I get them back from the printers the solid blocks of grey come out grainy. All my other colours come out fine. I'm using a grey that is ...
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Flatten transparency of derivative colors [closed]

I'm creating an illustration in Ai CS3 heavily using symbols. I need to create derivative symbols, out of other symbols, with lighter colors. The transparency tool is for color seek, but as soon as I ...
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Spot colors changing to black in PDF and Ai file but not EPS

In preview the Ai files shows black. If I open the Ai file the colors are displayed correctly but in a PDF they are totally black. Does anyone know what's going on?
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Where can I find a large palette / set of contrasting colors for coloring many datasets on a plot?

I need large set (20 and more) of contrasted and easily visually-distinguishable colors for coloring different datasets on a scientific plot (the set of colors should not include white or black, and ...
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Is there a way to extract the pantone colors from a scanned image?

I have this scanned image from a magazine that I have scanned myself, from this image I want to obtain certain colors, and I want them to be from a Pantone pallet, is there a way to do this? To be ...
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How to make the Fill tool match the Swatch color in Illustrator CC 2014?

When adding color to an object in Illustrator CC 2014 using a preloaded swatch, there seems to be some loss in accuracy. If I select the object itself (after adding the swatch color), the object is ...
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How do you describe the color characteristics of this gif palette and how do you change it?

Substrate by Jared Tarbell is a procedural art work in the Processing language that I'm discovering again. Here is a screenshot of the program's execution on my computer: The program uses a .gif ...
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Antonym of Pastel Color Space (Color Scheme?)

In color spaces we have the regular solid colors like solid red (#FF0000), solid green, solid blue, etc. ... Then when we add about 50% white ontop of it, it becomes a "pastel" color space... What ...
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The easy way to modify icon color & its background color

Sorry for the question. I am new to graphic design. I am a developer. I just bought an icon bundle for iOS & Android applications. I found that the colors are only black & while. The icons ...
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What makes a matte color? [closed]

Is there a way to measure how matte a color is? My guess is that "matteness" could be expressed as a combination of saturation and lightness. Ideally, there would be a color space where matteness ...
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Illustrator: how to fill space between 2 shapes

I have drawn this in illustrator: It's just a circle and a hand drawn line with the paint brush tool on top of each other. How do I go about filling in on of the two halves with a color? Many ...
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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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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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Can I realign a CMYK screen in Photoshop?

The tree foliage is out of register in this selection, well it all is. for instance I would like to be able to determine an approximate color used for the tree trunk. I regularly work with a vintage ...
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Colour replacement tool wont target certain items - Photoshop

Im trying to colour replace the highlighted areas in the screen shot below, but when i use the colour replacement tool it dosnt seem to be able to colour these areas, any ideas ? Ive also attached ...
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Batch replacing white background with a colour [duplicate]

I need to batch replace the white background on several thousand images. Is there a better way of doing this aside from setting up an action, selecting the white background and filling in colour?
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What is “keyline design”?

I have a style guide that says I shouldn't use specific color in keyline design, What does that mean? EDIT: The style guide defines colors, which are okay to use with keyline design, and some colors ...
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how to change the workspace color window from RGB to CMYK mode in Illustrator CS5.1?

I'm using Illustrator CS5.1 and started a new document in RGB mode. When I change the color mode to CMYK under File > Document Color Mode > CMYK Color, the Color window in my workspace doesn't ...
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question about color printing on plastic bottle

Hello to all the graphic design professionals out there, I was wondering if you could share your experience on color printing on plastic bottles. (like this material) I am struggling because I ...
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How to compensate for perceived color differences do to simultaneous contrast?

Is there a formulaic system to adjust the color of the text on the black background below to compensate for simultaneous contrast and make it be perceived as the same color a the text on the white ...
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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 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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Color issues from photoshop to android

I have created some images and set some colors using photoshop and applied them to our app in android studio, but for the same hex code, colors arent same, I do not understand why this is happening. I ...
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Mesh mask for easier color versions?

I have a water droplet I've designed using a mesh and a gradient for a glare spot. However, I need to make it as easy as possible to swap the base color of the droplet. I need to export for ...
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Color strokes in Photoshop

I have made a path in Photoshop and I created a shape. The shape has a dashed stroke. I want to paint every dash in an other color. How can I do that? I tried changing the stroke color but I can only ...
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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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Using parametric colours within photoshop?

A photoshop newbie here. I wonder if it is possible to use parametric colours. I am currently trying to draw some mock ups for an application, I am currently developing, and I would like to define a ...
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What is this shifted red and blue effect often seen in VR called? How can I achieve it?

I'm looking for more information regarding a specific type of visual effect that I have been trying to recreate many times in Photoshop, without any success. I would like to learn how to do this from ...
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List of RGB quaternary (and beyond) colors?

I'm trying to organize a list of colors for a puzzle game. I can find reliable lists (names and colors values) of the primary, secondary, and tertiary RGB colors - but I can't find any reliable list ...
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What group of colors would go well with these colors? [closed]

I am trying to find a couple more colors (hex#s) that go well with these colors. I made a calendar to which people can add many different groups. I wanted to have about 4 more of these. I don't ...
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Where did the term “Spot color” originate?

In commercial printing, "spot colors" refers to specialized ink mixes to create a predetermined color. Pantone, Toyo, and others are brands of inks which specialize in the sale of "spot color" inks. ...
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Adobe Illustrator Vector colors look completely different when opened on another computer

I have sent a file to a client which was saved in CMYK colors. They opened the file and the colors are nothing like the original design. Any ideas what is happening here? Any help is much appreciated. ...
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Color control “bars” on packaging: non-CMYK, brand colors only - what is it about?

I came accross two different color bars on two distinct cardboard packaging and was trying to figure out what these were exactly about and found some helpful illustration:1 So in the first ...
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Should I use Hex or RGBA when designing a website?

I know this has appeared on StackOverflow already: Are there any good reasons for using hex over decimal for RGB colour values in CSS? Use HEX or RGBA But I'd like to ask on here since we're ...
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Retain original colour in a defined brush preset (alternatively, add colour to a grayscale image based on tone)

In Photoshop (or any other program), is there a way to define a brush from an image and retain the colour of the image in the brush, without it being converted to grayscale (and then becoming monotone ...
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How can I change colors in an Illustrator file without modifying other aspects?

I purchased a stock vector design. I want to change the preset colors used in vector art and leave everything as it is. The object is made up of bunch of shapes. As I try to change the colors ...
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Gradient Banding in Chrome

I've been trying use linear-gradient CSS to avoid using an image for a gradient but unfortunately it renders poorly in Chrome with visible banding. I've created a codepen example to illustrate the ...
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How to use the color picker in illustrator?

How can I color picker for the gradient tool to sample a color? It seems the color picker does not work like photoshop does where you can pick a color from the existing canvas, but have to know either ...
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Photoshop CS6 will not allow me to choose Shape colour

I've just begun using Photoshop CS6 and encountered a problem I've never had before. 1. Went to Custom Shapes Tool, chose a shape, selected a colour (now shows in foreground). 2. Top bar shows from ...
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Color Swatches: loading multiple ASE files in illustrator CS5.5

Is there a way to import multiple ASE files from the Swatches palette in Illustrator CS5.5 ? Currently I can only import one ASE file at a time by doing: Swatches->Open Swatch Library->Other ...
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Text not very readable on different image backgrounds

I've come here seeking for a bit of design help or advice on how I could possibly improve the following: Like the title says, I'm having a website banner with multiple text displayed on different ...
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Matching a Digital Image's Color to a Scan

I am attempting to clean up some very high resolution scans of pictures, however, while the scans do not have terrible colors, they are off from the originals. I have very low resolution digital ...
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InDesign is changing the color of my image when I export!

thank you for reading my question, this is driving me insane. I have been exporting JPEG in InDesign, my settings are good (I think) but when I export it and open it, the color is darker!!! What am I ...
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Creating a great color palette [duplicate]

For a design assignment, I'm looking for a color that goes nicely with #a31366. The problem is that it's a kind of purple/pink that I've never worked with, so I am bummed out at finding what the best ...
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How to turn the grey background white in a phone camera picture of a book?

Here is a picture (of many) that I took from a book with my phone camera. The problem is that the background is too grey. I want it fully white. I have adobe Photoshop CS6. Does anyone know how I can ...
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Why is black not a natural color?

I've had at least two art teachers tell me that black does not naturally occur in nature, so using pure black makes your designs look synthetic. I do not understand this. Aren't the following black ...
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How to change colour of all elements of a group, at once, in Illustrator

I have a group of objects of the same colour, consisting of compound paths, regular paths and groups of these. How to change the colour of all objects at once? When I tried to use colour picker or ...