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How to determine a matching color code from a physical sample?

I need to make a restaurant menu design that matches restaurant wallpapers. For some reason my client cannot get color codes used in wallpaper, but he provided me with a sample. (see below) How can ...
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How do I turn a full color design, into a 1-color design?

I was asked to design a piece of junk-mail advertising. It has to be one color. Here are links of how it should look: What I want to know is, how do you get your design like that? It's like ...
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What is the process for creating a color palette like this?

So, this is a screen grab of Web site designed professionally. I'm particularly interested in understanding how the designer arrived at this palette. Arguably, the palette works, but I can't figure ...
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How to find complementary colors

I often find myself trying to determine which colour is the "complementary" one of (or would nicely fit with) two colours imposed by the client brand. At times, only one colour is imposed, and I want ...
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How can I make the color white look as white as possible?

In designing websites and applications, I have noticed that when mixing colors with white, certain colors make white look more "greenish" or "purple-ish". This happens to a much greater degree when ...
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What is this two color photo effect called and how to make it?

I like the effect on the images used on this Spotify page, and out of curiosity I'm trying to replicate it in Illustrator. It's not a simple multiply mask, and seems a more involved than the kind of ...
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Colour theory and rainbow palettes

I've been reading about colour theory and want to understand how it relates to rainbow palettes like the attached, also a palette type commonly used by the designer Paul Smith as his signature. How ...
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Do you use colour lasers for proof printing?

I own an EPSON Stylus Photo RX640 printer which prints really good on special paper media, but is rather poor when it comes to normal (>75%) printing on plain papers. Beside that it's also quite ...
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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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Simple Spot Color Separations for Screen Printing

Ok, I'm an Illustrator noob, but I've worked in screen printing. I made a design which is composed of an expanded Live Trace, a couple of rectangles with fills and strokes, and some text within said ...
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Printed Uncoated PMS on Coated Stock

I done my artwork on the uncoated PMS colours as I originally planned to print it on uncoated stock. We ended up changing the stock and there was the forgetfulness of one person to not change the PMS ...
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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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Export Photoshop swatch sheet to a human-readable document

I need to export a Photoshop swatch file to a human-readable document with RGB, HSB, HEX values and the name of the swatch. Is there any tool which can export swatches to this kind of a document?
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How can I separate colors by layer in Illustrator?

I did a three-color Live Trace, and output the colors to swatches. Now I'd like to assign each of these three (spot) colors to their own layer. I'm sure this is super easy, and I'm just over-looking ...
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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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Should I calibrate my monitor? Any low cost way?

I'm using Apple cinema display model number A1316 27 inches. I think it is from 2010. I'm making User Interface for mobile app and we also plan to make some marketing collateral (some printed ...
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How to choose a color palette for a website

We're completely color illiterate on our team. Our internal site has a lot of black and white, but I've heard that too much contrast is bad. And people don't respond well to the look of our site. ...
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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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Determining text color on top of a selectable background color

I have a requirment to have users be able to select button colors, I want that according to the background color they select, an appropriate, contrasted button text color will be determined ...
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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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How To Convert Pantone Tint to similar Pantone Color

I have a file provided to me by a client of their logo which consists of various tints of the same Pantone color (50%, 25% etc) I'm trying to find a way to convert these to actual Pantone colors ...
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How to convert Pantone 7C to TPX?

How do I convert Pantone 7C (Cool Gray) to TPX? Is C a color international standard for print graphics?
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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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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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Need help with the Color Combination for the Red

I have come up with a Basic Design for my web app. I want to use the Red color as it helps induce apetite. Well while designing i have managed to get the basic layout and design directions going. But ...
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Photoshop color difference

I am having a very odd problem. I have a photo that I took with my Nikon d5000 uploaded to photoshop, without any adjustments other than a crop, and then when I export it the color changes drastically ...
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Are “web-safe” colors still important?

Years ago, it was always strongly recommended that web designers should only use web-safe colors. Have studies been done to see if this is still the case? If so, what's the answer? Does anyone know ...
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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. ...
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How do I change a single layer to grayscale in Photoshop CS4?

I know you can have the whole image turn grayscale: Image > Mode > Grayscale, but what if I only want to make specific layers grayscale? There's gotta be an easier way than pulling out the ...
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Given a color scheme, how do I apply to website design?

Just so there is something concrete to discuss, say I have this color scheme: http://www.lavishbootstrap.com/?image_url=http://design-seeds.com/palettes/12/SpringTones505.jpg There are many articles ...
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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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What is the relationship between hue, saturation and value?

I see people adding color on top of a gray-scale drawing and their colors look great, but when I do myself, the colors look terrible (dirty, not the color I seem to pick from the color wheel). People ...
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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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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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Color Theory: Is there a measurement of “colorfulness”?

I was adding some colors to a Windows application. A column was going to be colored in order to indicate groupings to the user. So in Photoshop i first selected some colors to use. Being ...
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Many successful web startups have blue branding: is this a reflection of something?

Looking at the first page of the most successful Web-based startups of the last 10 years (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), we see the extensive usage of the color blue. In terms of the graphic ...
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How to calculate other colors with the same perceived lightness as a given gray value?

This is related to a question I asked on tex.stackexchange, which has a color aspect. The result of that question is the following image: I have drawn a series of gray squares on the left, with a ...
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When I export an image from Illustrator, why is it a slightly different color in the exported image?

I have a web design layout in AI that I'm trying to slice up into HTML/CSS. I'm having trouble keeping the colors the same in the exported files as they are in Illustrator. When I open it up in ...
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I want to learn how to select appropriate colors and fonts for a new site

I'm developing a new site, and although I know enough basic programming to make the site, I'm not artistically inclined enough to make the site look nice. So, I was hoping I could get some suggestions ...
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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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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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Color Picker in Photoshop is wrong

I'm having problems with my color picker in photoshop CS5 Image 1: I select the black [ish] bar. Color picker returns gray. Image 2: I select the white [ish] background below the black bar, color ...
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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 ...
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Is there an equation to easily convert a color to its matching color in another hue?

I am trying to design a site with a couple color schemes. I am looking for a way to make color schemes that match mathematically. For example, I know that #FF0000 matches perfectly with #00FF00 and ...
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Am I using too much gray on my webapp?

I'm creating a mobile app that will be used by maturer people, 40 to 60 yo, so I've been searching for sober colors and I came to gray, the problem is, How much gray is too much gray? What colors ...
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How to select a good base color for color scheme?

As a engineer, there are many tools in the web that allow to generate good color scheme based on the selected base colors. But the problem is: How to select the first, base color? Is it just random ...
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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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Set the colour of arrows in inkscape

I have added end arrows to some connectors and Bézier curves, but I cannot find how to set their colour, since they appear to be concerned neither by the background settings nor by the outline ones. ...
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Can a 2-color logo be red, black and white?

Can a 2-color logo be red, black and white? I'm thinking that maybe white doesn't count because it's the background color? Does a 1-color logo need to be literally black with a transparent ...
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reasoning behind black and white color scheme of perfume sites

In preparation for an upcoming project, I've been looking over a lot of different sites for high end perfumes and/or high fashion. Noticed that most of them (at least the perfume ones) have almost ...