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In GIMP, how to colorize using a reference color?

I have an image I wish to colorize using a picked color. What is the handiest/easiest way to do this in GIMP? I've tried my best by checking the palette for my picked color's HSV, then using it as ...
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How do I convince my client that coloring their brand name in a text block is a bad idea?

My company keeps requesting that the company name be in green (the brand color) every time it appears in a text block. This is jarring, disruptive and generally bad design but I am having a hard time ...
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Image opened in adobe photoshop shows wrong color [closed]

I have opened an image in Adobe Photoshop, showing a green football lawn. In Photoshop, this image is displayed with a violet color. Every picture I open has not it´s original colors. Settings are: ...
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How to give the bottom half of a shape a different color in Illustrator?

I'm creating a round label for a product and have a half of a round shape on the top portion of the label. At the bottom of that half round I'm trying to make it a different color but cannot figure ...
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How do i design for a printer with more than 4 primaries

Some of the new digital printers work on more than 4 primary colors. For example the HP indigo series of digital printers boast with being able to produce ~98% of all pantone colors. This means that ...
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Is it necessary to manually tweak colors between screen and print versions of a design?

I have a portfolio for example, and initially it was designed for print, and everything was okay. Now I am trying to make it viewable on screen with consistent colors, and I'm finding some problems. ...
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How do I keep the Preserve White and Black boxes unchecked in Color Reduction Options in Recolor Artwork in Adobe Illustrator CS6?

The boxes for White and Black (under Preserve, in Color Reduction Options, in Recolor Artwork) are checked by default. Is there a way to keep them unchecked (as shown in my screenshot) by default? I ...
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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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Do I need the Pantone Solid Coated Guide if I have Color Bridge Coated Guide?

I need a Solid Coated Pantone Guide. If I buy the Coated Color Bridge, does that have all the solid swatches (PMS) in addition to the CMYK equivalent? i.e. Would it be redundant to buy the regular ...
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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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How to achieve this kind of color effect (colors in “anarchic grid”)?

I'm trying to get a result close to the one below in Illustrator, but I never end up with a satisfactory result. I think this kind of logos was pretty popular some time ago, with vivid colors and ...
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Problems with colors in inkscape

I can't make the right colors in ikscape. On the fisrt picture I turned off the black color but it hasn't disappeared. The second image is the original version. It's like colored picture. How do I ...
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Color/Opacity Loss when converting XLSX to PDF using Acrobat IX

It's all in the title. I've got an excel file I need converted to PDF for printing, and exporting it using either the Save As... function or the 'Create PDF' option in the Acrobat Ribbon both result ...
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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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Swap color/RGB values in illustrator

I am trying to swap color values - R to G and G to R in my illustration (well, a selection on it). In the end, a (200,100,0) would be (100,200,0). I found various pages that does color swapping and ...
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Antialiasing or blurring on Photoshop creates a pale edge between different blocks of colour

I'm working on some illustrations which are cartoon-style, so thick black lines with blocks of colour filling them in. I've been colouring the images in a non-anti-aliased document to ensure ...
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Accidentally deleted my custom color palette and need to retrieve it

I work in CorelDraw CS2 on a PC and just accidentally deleted my color palette on the right side of my project page. It has all custom colors I've added over the years for projects and is actually a ...
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How to recreate this color overlay backlight effect circle layer?

A relative of mine created a logo which has a backlight effect behind it. He is much better at Photoshop than I, and I only know a few of the basics. Here is the PSD file of my image, with only the ...
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What's a good source of color palettes to provide to a color-blind user?

There's a question on this site already about choosing good color palettes when designing for color-blind users. My question is different — it's about working with colors for an audience with normal ...
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Change color of image to specific color

I have a background that looks like this: I want to change the color of the image to be as close to #66a6ff as possible. I've tried setting image's blend mode to Overlay and setting the opacity ...
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Do I need to change colour settings in Illustrator if printing on uncoated paper?

I've created a CMYK logo file that will mostly be printed on uncoated paper. On screen the colour looks much brighter than I expect it to print. The colour setting CMYK working space I'm using in ...
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How do I make screenshots look good when printed in CMYK?

When printing screenshots alongside black text, black areas of the screenshot look a washed out "muddy dark grey" and "washed out". What causes this and can I improve the black color area?
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Color scheme for many options

I have data in six series: A2, A1, B1, B2, B3, B4. Two of these belong in one group, and four in another group. Within these, there is a progression in the series: A2 > A1, B4 > B3 > B2 > B1. In ...
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Single color produces multiple colors [closed]

Aloha, I had a client send me a logo to use for making a sign. When i opened it in Illustrator it had several colors in it, but when i look at the swatches there are only 2. There are about 3 ...
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Remove existing outline of text color on a GIMP 2.8.14 image [closed]

Trying to change existing text on a book cover from blue to a different color, yet the blue remains along the outline of the letters. Thanks
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Material Design - Green Floating Acción Button with a tick?

I have an image processing app. The user first selects the photos he wants to process, and then selects the FAB (which has a green background and a white tick as icon). When the user selects the FAB, ...
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Pantone vs. CMYK colors - Please help

I just started working at a company that has predetermined colors for the brand, but I am running into inconsistencies with the colors given. The colors have been around for a long time so no one ...
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In search of simple color position correction for comic books [closed]

Is there a very simple and basic program that will separate colors and let me shift the position of one or another? I'm looking at correcting old comic book panels which sometimes have a color way ...
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Color problem in Pages for Mac

I have a problem when copying an image from Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 to Pages. The color of the image changes when pasted into Pages (5.5.3, OSX Yosemite 10.10.5). Pages actually changes the ...
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Changing Opacity vs Changing Color

I have noticed in several professional documents (templates, guidelines, co-workers' projects, etc.) the designer has adjusted the opacity of certain elements to get the desired colour. Is this best ...
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How to find a good background color for a 2-color logo

I'm putting together a small flier for my company. I am adjusting a template that I purchased on the web to suit my needs. My logo has 2 colors: blue #263B79, which is the main one, and orange ...
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Convert a pattern/photo to a given palette

How would I convert a photograph or pattern to use only colors from a palette I give it? Is this possible in Photoshop? I think Pic2Color used to do something like this but it's offline... Thanks!
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Material design: text color settings

I'm trying to follow Google material design guidelines. I use the same settings for text color but the text is hard to read because in the examples they have an almost white background. ...
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Illustrator Design Not Printing Correctly

I mostly work with digital design. Recently I decided to get a few of my poster designs printed for my own collection. I used a professional printing company to order the prints and send them the ...
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PS CS6 - Removing access colour behind a layer

I'm trying to recreate the Google chrome logo and I've got to this stage, the issue is that the red colour is overlapping the outer ellipse where I've used the polygon lasso tool. I've managed to hide ...
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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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Should I use company's logo color as a website color even if its bad?

I'm building a website for the company that I'm in, but the marketing department, isn't giving me much room with the colors. They say that we need to use the #2DCCD3 everywhere because it's in the ...
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Sampling color of partially transparent objects in Illustrator

Sometimes when using Adobe Illustrator I need to get a range of tints from a certain color, so I'll drop the opacity to, say, 75%, 50%, and 25% on a white background to get there. It's the quickest ...
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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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How to make a good gradient with lots of colors [closed]

Any tips on making some killer gradients like this? I am in love with this gradient: (Image by Ivan Bobrov via Dribble: https://dribbble.com/shots/1763092-K-mark ) How can I achieve something ...
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How can I select specific shades when using a color wheel to create a color palette?

I am using a color wheel to create a palette. If I use a color wheel pattern/system like triadic, analagous, complimentary etc this will generate a series of basic colors/hues. My question is: Once ...
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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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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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Color mode problem for selecting colour in cmyk

Is it compulsory for good result to choose a zero value in either of any four c, m, y or k. In CMYK, can't we select a colour which is not having any zero value? I am designing infographics for ...
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How to select HEX values / colors in Inkscape

How to select web colors in Inkscape? I know that I can select the ">" at the bottom-right of the screen and select WebHex and then select one in the bar. But in that bar there are just a few colors. ...
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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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how to compensate 50% opacity white over photograph

I have a photo and a while ago I had added a layer on top of it which was pure white at 50% opacity. How can I compensate that effect to get back the original picture? I have tried adding a black ...
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Which RGB profile should be used when exporting a PDF for web?

I created a 60 page book in CMYK because it is going to be printed. I now need to convert this document to RGB so it can be viewed online. From doing a little research on this site, I see that I can ...
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How to convert colors from PMS to RGB?

I'm working on a branding project and having my background in digital disciplines I don't have too much knowledge about color systems. Currently I'm trying to figure out what are the correct color ...
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Can color palettes be copyrighted? [duplicate]

Can I get in legal trouble for using the exact same colors from a color palette I found on a website? Can anyone own a certain combination of colors? If yes, could I argue that it was accidental? ...