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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 will ...
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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 ...
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Why does Illustrator make the colors darker with 3D effects?

I am trying to adjust colors after I apply a 3D effect (say extrude & bevel) in Adobe Illustrator (I tried in CS2 and CS5) but even if I make the object's color white it turns into fairly dark ...
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How to get current text color in Photoshop?

I am working off of a psd mockup to put together a page. I have been using the eyedropper tool to get text colors, but I suspect there's a better way to do this, since I believe the eyedropper might ...
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Illustrator Global Swatches and Creative Cloud Libraries

I've been playing around with using Creative Cloud Libraries to share assets between a group of files that I am prepping for print, but I'm struggling to get my head around sharing colours. Without ...
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Antonym / opposite 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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Gamma vs brightness - any difference?

Is there any difference between these two terms, or they describe the same thing?
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Measuring values of a colour that is hue chroma lightness of the colour using photoshop.?

How do i know (measure) the values of a colour that is hue,chroma,lightness at a selected point or part of a picture using photoshop.? please do help me...
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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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How can I create a colour scheme based on two specific, adjacent(ish) colours?

I'm helping a friend to produce his website. He's supplied his logo and a flyer that he's used, which use the colour scheme he's opted for - green, blue and white. The specific colour values for the ...
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Which is the best website to choose the best Background and Foreground colors? [duplicate]

I am building a Flat color based website and am having trouble choosing the color scheme. I need a background color (section background) and a foreground color (element background). The element, in ...
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How make the lines bolder in the following image?

I am a web developer and not a graphic designer but I know basic Illustrator and Photoshop. My client wants this image to be a bit bolder: The image is white with a transparent background (dark ...
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Determine font color in AI

I have an Adobe Illustrator file made-up primarily of text. How do I find out the exact color of a given piece of text? For example, I have the word "PEN" in a certain blue. How do I find out the ...
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I need a chocolate brown, but got grey in the print

I need a rich chocolate but the last print run came out grey. Any ideas on how I can bump it back to brown? Values are 43C 72M 97Y 57K.
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Save for Web changes color

every time I save for web in Illustrator, my colors change. I've looked this up, but every solution I find, the option is grayed out for me. In Edit > Color Settings everything is grayed out. Also ...
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Choosing the right black for laser monochrome print

Let's suppose that we have a monochrome laser printer and we want to print a project. Which is the "right" type of black described by RGB and/or CMYK values that we have to choose in our editing ...
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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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What exactly are Google's '500' color swatches?

I've been reading up on Google's Material Design, and as I'm reading up on Style, they keep mentioning primary 500 colors (as well as any other number ranging from 50, which is almost white, to 900), ...
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How do I apply a saved colour to a shape or text?

I will often have a set colour palette for a project, so this week I decided to get organised and save the colours as swatches so I can reference them exactly. Usually this is when I'm choosing the ...
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Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette/color scheme around colors I select?

No matter how nice the composition, flow, and lines of my design are, if I am not copying directly from nature, I have a very difficult time picking a decent color scheme. It either looks too drab, ...
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How to find four equally contrasting colours that are appealing to the eye?

I have a plot for a scientific argument I'm trying to make. There are four colours that should be (roughly) equally contrasting with two others. ie, if the colours are A-D, then A and B should be ...
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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 change the color of a .png object using Adobe Illustrator?

I just downloaded a zip file of .png banners and arrows. However, they were all created black. Is there any way I can change the color of the objects in Adobe Illustrator?
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Visual active state for coloured tree navigation

I'm trying to design a node tree/navigation, which uses colours to denote the types of the tree node (which I thought was a useful pattern) and am struggling to find a way to show the active node ...
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Good color palette, usable for the color blind.

I'm designing a chart right now, that will slowly have more items added to it. I'd like to create an list/order of colors for the items, that will be most usable for the color blind to differentiate ...
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how to calculate the rate of loss of colors?

JPEG is said to be a lossy quality image format so most people prefer PNG. When JPEGs are edited it seems the quality does degrade(it's demonstrated well in the documentation of GIMP). How can we ...
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Photoshop is automatically changing colors of an image

I am fairly new to photoshop, and I was drawing images for a client's wedding invitations today. The image I created was white, and it wasn't clear enough against the backdrop, so I tried to increase ...
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how to make text have different shades of pixels

i scanned a document. the scanned text has different shades of pixels in the letters, like the picture 'ty'. is there an easy way to recreate that? the outer edging also appears darker while the ...
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Using colour within fontographer 5

I have recently designed a logotype which needs to include the colours originally designed with in Illustrator. Is there a way to do this?
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How can I use my CC Libraries colours in Photoshop CC Color Swatches?

I created a Color CC Library but I can't use it when I need to pick one of these colours for a gradient. How can I fix this?
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How to access the code underlying a graphic

Given the particular nature of my question, I am not even sure this is the right place to ask. I have relatively simple graphics made in Intaglio which all use a certain color and I would like to ...