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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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How to choose embossing color?

I'm using css to emboss text with this: text-shadow: black 1px 1px 5px; My site uses different font colors and background colors. I was wondering how I can choose the "best" embossing color based ...
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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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Change color of clipped image - Inkscape

I clipped a bunch of lines into the shape of a triangle, using the clip function in Inkscape. I now want to change the color of the remaining triangle which is composed of lines. I have tried all ...
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Can I export from pdf through Photoshop and back to pdf and keep the color values the same?

I've been sent a pdf which contains text, vector shapes and rasterised images. I would like to take a small area of that pdf, which contains all of these, run that area though Photoshop so I can use a ...
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Adjust hue / saturation such that colour X becomes colour Y

I need to convert some stock icon imagery to a pre-existing colour scheme. The method for conversion is to simply adjust the image hue to the right level. However all I have to go on is existing ...
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Perception and color theory

I'm making a custom keyboard and want it to look nice, and like Apple's, without actually copying pixels. I did a bunch of work on creating keys and the background, only to be amazed once again by ...
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Which tool to balance color strength ?

lets say I have a rectangle divided in two complementary colors, yellow and purple. How can I calculate the percentage of surface that both colors require so that none seem to take over ? (I'm ...
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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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How to export PNG to be compatible with all browsers

I recently found our that some PNG files render a slightly different shade of color in Safari. (I think this is because Safari can't render PNG Gamma channel properly or what). How do I export the ...
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Table of hex colors for NCAA teams?

Greetings designers. I've done enough googling to know that there are other people looking for this color table, but I can't find it for the life of me. I'm close to trying to write a script to ...
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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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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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Is there a worldwide applicable color-emotion chart?

Colors are used to represent emotions; especially in advertising. People have even come up with color-emotion charts like this one: Yet, depending on the country, some colors have different ...
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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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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 ...
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What colors to choose for displaying blocks of texts on a colored background?

I know, that color of the background and of the text should have enough contrast to each other. That rule in mind, blue (#0000ff) text on red (#ff0000) background should be fine. But I get the feeling ...
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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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Identifying HTML colour codes placed in one pixel

How many colours at once can one pixel contain? Is there a tool that can represent this pixel in a form of HTML colour codes? (And if there are many colours in this pixel, can this tool show the ...
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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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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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What is Pantone Cyan used for?

What is the difference between cyan and Pantone Cyan Special Color?
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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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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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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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How to correctly implement a color scheme

Let me begin this question by saying outright that I don't consider myself a designer! I'm a developer and my strengths do not lie in design but I am in a situation at the moment where I need to ...
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How do I shift/remap one range of colors to another in Photoshop?

I have attached an image to hopefully explain better, but if say I have an image that ranges from color 'A' to 'C', and I want it to range from 'B' to 'D' instead - what is the best method? I'm sure ...
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In color theory, what are primary and secondary colors?

I went through an article on color connotations and it did not explain why colors are grouped as primary and secondary so I don't know if it is important to know the reason why we have: warm color ...
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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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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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Is there a recommended neutral color palette for web design?

I am trying to improve my design side on web design. I have design a mobile app using a platform called ApplicationCraft which gives me mobile 5 mobile themes (colours) and have created a 'nice' ...
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Color spectrum Image - How to create

I want to create a color spectrum image for a project. How do I create an image like this in photoshop?
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Pantone Colourbridge Uncoated viewing in illustrator

I have a hard copy swatch of pantone Colour bridge uncoated colours. I am setting up some packaging items in illustrator and have shown the client visuals in CMYK. I have now selected the Pantones ...
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How to fill with similar colours?

I have this image that have been damaged by JPG, and would very much like to restore it, as if it had never been compressed with JPG. Can someone help me with this? I assume I need to fill with ...
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How to logically organize color palettes for use in Illustrator and Photoshop for a specific project?

I am doing a knowledge transfer at my work to give the incoming designer all of my design assets and direction in an easily digestible format. How would I organize my color palettes in a logical ...
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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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Looking for methods of showing text or logos on same coloured backgrounds

I need to keep the logo/ text the same colour as shown. The problem is that part of the logo is the same colour as the background it's going to be placed on. I'm running out of ideas to try and show ...
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How best to adjust the colour of different parts of an (all raster) image that are on the same layer?

I am attempting to experiment with different colours for the grey, orange and pink areas of this image. They all appear with no separation on a single layer. So far I've tried selecting and ...
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Why is the blue in my AI file black in my PDF file?

I created a RSVP card for a friend and in the AI file the color is NAVY Blue but when I save as a PDF and attach it on the email it is black. Does anyone know a solution?
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Normalizing hematoxylin and eosin-stained histology images

This is a medically related question...Most pathology slides are stained with hematoxylin (blue) and eosin (red). However, every lab does it differently. I would like to take a bunch of images from ...
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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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Getting an Accurate Colour Match in RGB

I'm designing a website at the moment. The client's corporate colour is PANTONE Black 2C (made up of 70% Black and 30% Yellow). Now, when printed it comes out very dark but with a hint of yellow. ...
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Lighter colors without ending up with pastel

I am designing something with a lot of color, but it's made as a background for a ticket, so it has to be lighter. However, when I lighten the colors, a lot of them turn into pastel colors and that's ...
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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 tint or alter the colour of a pattern in Inkscape?

I am able to import and apply patterns to objects, but I don't know how to adjust the colour of the patterns. How does one tint a pattern in Inkscape?
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Is there a color scheme designer like Kuler that can hold many colors (+30) at a time?

I'm designing a color scheme for a web application with a data dashboard. I want the graphs and data visualizations to have a default color palette with distinct colors that maximize the ease of ...
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Differences in color conversion (RGB to CMYK) / How to choose Corporate Color

I figured out that there are possibly more than one methods to convert RGB to CMYK. Using Adobe Illustrator CS6 (Mac) the color conversion is completely different as the conversion via Wolfram Alpha. ...
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How to get RYB complementary colors in RGB imaging software

I am looking for a way to get RYB complementary colors in software. This means, complementary color pairs I am looking to get would be: red - green yellow - violet blue - orange However, when ...
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Gimp: Pick color on screen without taking screenshot

Sometimes I want to quickly use a color that I see on a picture, website or program. I usually take a screenshot then open it in Gimp and use the "Color Picker" tool. Is there another way to do this ...
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Coloring techniques in Angry Birds

Are there any particular coloring techniques or principles that are used in the popular game Angry Birds? I've noticed the number of colors used on each colored area is four, most of the time. A base ...