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

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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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Is 4-color process printing (CMYK) more or less expensive than using 4 spot colors?

Is there much of a cost difference between the two?
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In spot color printing, does black count as a spot color?

Do I have to choose a Pantone black, or can I just use 100% K?
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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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How should artwork be setup for T-shirt printing?

What does it mean to colour separate the artwork in T-Shirt printing? It is normally suggested to use Pantone colours for T-Shirt printing. Is it the Pantone Coated or the Pantone Uncoated? The ...
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Identify indivudual colors on a scan. Is it possible?

A quick question for any gurus out there :-) Suppose I have a simple picture with a red circle, a blue square and a green triangle. The background is yellow. Those are the only 4 colors involved. Is ...
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How can I change the color of a scanned png and edit part of it out in illustrator cs6?

The image is in color with a white background. I want to make the image white with a colored background. I want to switch the colors (make image white and background the color of the current image. I ...
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Should I convert sRGB images to CMYK before storage in a DAM?

Where I work we have images of products that we manufacture stored in CMYK GraCol 2006 format. We are starting to sell products manufactured by outside companies now and those companies are sending ...
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Tool for designing a pastel green to red colour scheme with a range of 10?

Is there a website or tool that will allow me to choose a group of equally separated list of 10 colours from pastel green to pastel red to be used as the background colour in the cells of a table?
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Is there a color scale for perceived color on different surfaces?

Pantone Coated vs Uncoated indicates how one ink (say Pantone 200) will shown on glossy vs non-glossy paper. What I'm really interested in though, is to get a consistent color accross many surfaces. ...
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Choosing appropriate text color with given background

I have an image with green background, lets say #5F7642. I need to add small text in red color over that background. The problem is, usual red colors pretty much fade in with the background. I need ...
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How to create rainbow gradient on a complex shape?

How the shape is colored? How to use gradient in this shape? thanks
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Can I fill a ink cartridge with any type of ink? Even valuable ink?

I have a project that requires the use of really valuable ink - particularly GOLD ink (made with real gold and a water based adhesive - very fine and smooth in texture), in order to get a near perfect ...
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How to preview colors when using the color picker in Illustrator?

When using Adobe Illustrator, how do I preview my changes when I'm using the color picker to change the color of an element? Picking the color of an element is dependent on what's around it, so I'd ...
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What Colors should I use for changed/added Items?

I am programming an Application that manages a Database. The User can add Items to the List or modify them. These Items should be colored. The Background ios white, and the currently selected Item is ...
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Creating a color scheme that looks good on screen and when photocopied in black and white

I'm trying to create a color scheme for text headlines that will have distinctly different colors for each level of header, but will also print out mostly dark. I looked at http://colorbrewer2.org/ , ...
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Problems with Inkscape's trace bitmap when converting with multiple colors

I want to apologize ahead of time, for potentially failing to explaining the problem more accurately: So I'm attempting to smooth/clean up a design I'm making for a greeting card on Inkscape. I ...
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Anti aliasing illustrator white line, only some colors? [duplicate]

So im trying to make a guy for an animation id like to make. Ive duplicated the layer, then tried to color underneath with the live paint tool and the blob tool. But with some colors (red and blue ...
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Restore image with negative colors

I have an image that was taken using a negative color filter long ago, but now I need the normal picture, is there a way to get a good quality of that picture with the actual colors? The current ...
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Color Relations / Getting the right hue for a color

In the latest version of Adobe Illustrator, I am working on some icons, and want to change the color of one. The green one I'm happy with. The doc color and the fold color go well together. But, ...
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Different color when exporting png in Sketch 2

I have a problem when I'm exporting a .png file in Sketch 2. I have an icon with the background color of #8FBE00 but when I'm exporting it as a .png file the background color is #8EC003. I have ...
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How to make Illustrator not to lie about colors?

Here is the fragment of red area, which is said by Illustrator as being #840608 (upper green marker). But actually, as reported by screen inspecting application, the color is #9C0D01 (lower gree ...
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How can I make Photoshop not change colors on export?

I have a color #840608 somewhere on my web page and it is coded as #840608 by HTML and it displays as #840608 by all browsers plus it is recognized as #840608 by screen analyzing utilities. Now in ...
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How to select color with gimp

I am trying to select by color in Gimp this image: but when I select by the foreground color, also the antialiased pixels in the border are selected. How to select only the foreground color in ...
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Is dark UI pleasing to general app consumers?

I noticed there is not so many dark apps on the app store. With few exceptions such as Spotify, it makes me wonder. On the other hand, Android seems to embrace dark colors a bit more. Is there any ...
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What make the colors in this picture look soft?

See this image: http://soranootoshimono.wikia.com/wiki/File:46456845235358656364.png To me it look soft like some sort of low-pass filter but I also can see sharp edge of the image. I'm curious ...
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How can I change the color of a dashed line in Illustrator?

I have a white line. When I switch from basic to dashed line 1.1, the line turns gray. Paintbucketing the line just makes it a basic line again. Based on all the settings I'm aware of, the line should ...
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How to downsample an image to match a 16-bit color mode?

NOTE: I'm a systems administrator, not a graphic designer, so I'm a total n00b when it comes to image manipulation. That being said, I thought this would be the best forum to ask this question: I am ...
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How to custom color the stroke in Adobe Illustrator?

I am wanting the stroke of the text I'm creating to match the fill color of the text, to give it a 'bolder' look in Adobe Illustrator. I cannot seem to figure out how to eyedrop the custom color for ...
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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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Derive color palette from given set of colors

I have a set of colors on a webpage where one color is the main one: #864062 <-- main color #853f61 #925071 #541c38 #64304A #eac9d7 Now I would like to derive similar color scheme for any ...
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CMYK colours wrong on export in Illustrator

I am making a flyer on Illustrator. It has a grey background 0,0,0,30 is the CMYK value. When I export to any format or even in RGB the grey seems to have a red hue to it. How do i get a realistic ...
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Outlining photo content (like a colouring book)

I am trying to make a full color photo into just a black outline to be printed and colored in by hand, basically just making coloring pages off of full color photos. I just installed gimp, but cannot ...
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How do you determine colors for a logo on black and white backgrounds?

How do I choose the colors for a logo in order that it can be used on both black and white mediums? Should I use two different color schemes? Are there other methods of making a single logo which ...
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Why don't low-opacity colours blend the way I expect?

As an experiment, I made three fill layers in Photoshop: one red (#ff0000), one green (#00ff00) and one blue (#0000ff). I set each layer to 33% opacity. I thought they would blend together to make ...
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How do I create and check if a PDF is in X/1-a format?

I've created PDF files with Photoshop, then combined them to create a 16 page PDF. Photoshop's colour profile is set to SWOP (Newsprint), with Total Ink Limit set to 235%. The file will be printed ...
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Is it normal to send a CMYK file without an embedded color profile?

I've been sent a number of CMYK tiff images for some custom processing in Photoshop. These are expensively-shot images (Hasselblad digital body, full studio setup, already processed in Photoshop CC) ...
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Quickly correct mismatched tone or color between stitched and merged layers in PS?

Imagine you have a panorama photo, stitched together from multiple pics, and it's already been merged into one JPEG. Each pic had a slightly different brightness/color/tone. So you can see obvious ...
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Can't color pick from external backgrounds in Photoshop CS5

Experiencing some weird behaviour in Photoshop CS5 on a Mac (Mavericks). I've tried resetting all tools, restarting Photoshop and made sure the image is RGB mode (8-bit) but the color picker won't ...
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How to change color of multiple text objects at once?

How to change color of multiple text or vector objects at once in Adobe Photoshop?
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Creating a color theme using adobe kular [duplicate]

I am trying to create a color theme to my website using adobe kuler. I am really new to that app and confusing how to create a theme there. This is my main color - #53001e Can any body tell me ...
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Why does my hexadecimal color in one browser render differently in another browser?

On the left is how it is rendered in Chrome, and on the right is how it is rendered in Safari. The color in Safari is what I am trying to nail, as determined by Photoshop's eyedropper tool, so it's ...
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Washed out colors when .psd file has big dimensions

I have a really big .psd (e.g. 2835 x 22677) and it's been exporting washed out images for some reason. I tried saving on different formats(png,jpg,etc...) but it didn't make any difference. On ...
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How to distinguish between links and headings without colour variation?

Yes, I know that I shouldn't make links and text the same colour. But I am restricted by corporate guidelines. On the whole site, I am only allowed to use the company's shade of blue with a few ...
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Question about spot colours in full colour documents

I am trying to understand various aspects of spot colours. If I am working in photoshop and I use say a pantone colour for a part of my artwork (in my CYMK file) ... lets suppose I've used it as the ...
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Where can I get colored pencils for custom palette?

I do a lot of scribbling with pen & paper and for the upcoming month I will exclusively work on a design for a project, where the color palette is already fixed. Thus it would be great to have ...
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Is there any specific symbol or color for 'Talent'?

I'm designing a logo which is somehow related to Talent. What symbols or colors can (or are good to) represent Talent? By talent, I mean a natural ability to do something well. I already have ...
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How to Select the Colour Picker of Shapes in After Effects, RELIABLY?

There's a colour picker tool next to the Fill and Outline (and glows and many other layer style features etc) in the Timeline of After Effects. However I've never found a reliable way to Select and ...
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Critique: Color/Depth for Compact Left Navigation

I have a compact left navigation menu that I've developed but I can't seem to get the coloring/depth just right with the different levels it has. At the basic level it looks like: When you expand ...
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Illustrator CC Color Guide Shades & Tints not working correctly

I have the color Guide's "Warm / Cool" display option selected. I Select a color group in my swatches panel. Then I select the color guide's "Shades / Tints" option. Shades are displayed accurately. ...