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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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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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iOS header font

Ok, so I am trying to do my first theme, a Tumblr page theme for bookshelf pages. My vision was basing it on iOS iBooks. There are some minor details which I don't know. I really want to know what ...
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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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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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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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How to color correct in Photoshop to match a color card

I'm trying to get accurate colors for a digital-photographed painting. The photo includes a color card ("Kodak Gray Scale", with cyan "C", yellow "Y", magenta "M", and a 19-step gray scale going from ...
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How to create irregular shapes with round corners

I found a logo of a company named Ibbt. As you can see, there is a separation between elements (the shapes in the left). Can anybody tell how to create such effect in Illustration?
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Rules for adding colors to a black and white palette in web

I am working on a fashion website for my own portfolio, that allows users to have their own account where they save fashion related items. A sort of Pinterest for fashion items. Now, I know that the ...
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Matching colors for dark brown

I am building a website and need some advice regarding colors. My website is mostly white and dark brown. The logo and menu have to go in that brown color, but I am not sure which seconday color ...
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Under the U.S.'s Copyright Law, is it an act of copyright infringement if we changed the color of another artist's image to black and white?

Under the U.S.'s Copyright Law, would it be an act of copyright infringement if we were to change the color of another artist's image to black and white? The answer to this question is provided below ...
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how to find the right hue to go with a particular colour

I do understand that colour wheel, however, Im struggling with finding colours that match a particular shade of gray. For my web application, Im interested in using this pattern of gray! gray pattern ...
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Dark Theme vs Light Theme in Web Applications

I am designing a theme for our web application & I really like the new Adobe Photoshop layout (which is dark, though not black), so I took the cue & created my own dark layout. However, our ...
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Color Swatches: loading multiple ASE files in illustrator CS5.5

Is there a way to import multiple ASE files from the Swatches palette in Illustrator CS5.5 ? Currently I can only import one ASE file at a time by doing: Swatches->Open Swatch Library->Other ...
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How can I easily swap colors / swap channels in Photoshop?

Back before I could afford a Mac I used a PC (when Windows XP ruled the earth). At that time I couldn't afford Photoshop either. So I had a WinXP box with Irfanview installed - and I thought that was ...
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Measure between two hex values

I was curious to know if anyone has used or seen code to measure colors between two hex values. Any language will do but I did see the JavaScript source to determine what HEX value is in RGB. ...
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How to design a modern/slightly futuristic-looking application

I was hoping to get some advice from some more experienced UI developers. I have been presented with a unique challenge by my customer, and I feel like I am failing. Specifically, they want a UI that ...
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Are there any color palette choosing tools that make it easy to incorporate black/gray/white?

I always have a difficult time choosing color schemes and I think I often end up overloading my designs with color because there's "just something missing." Today I realized that part of the problem ...
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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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Can adjusting color (or grayscale) properties of an image affect its visibility in daylight?

I'm trying to find ways to make images more visible under daylight (i.e., when daylight reflects off the image screen/print). For my project, I want to display digital images on an electronic display ...
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How to overwrite brush “texture” with single color in Illustrator CS6?

I'm creating symbols using custom brush packs that I downloaded. Most of these brushes have many different colors in them ("textures"), not just a single one. My question is how to dismiss these ...
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How do I change the default color library for stroke/fill in Illustrator?

When I click in the Appearance menu to color a stroke or a fill, it pops up a library of swatches. I can't figure out how to get that to show a different swatch library. I have a saved library, I can ...
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Visibility of elements over different shades of blue

I'm debating which colors to use for my website. We've been trying to find the right colors for the logo and graphics of the site, and struggling with trying to pick between the light and dark blue. ...
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How to find relation between colors to recreate scheme?

I'm messing around with some premade site designs and I really like the color balance of one, however the scheme is not the color I'm looking for. There are about 30 color variations in it. Is there ...
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How to prepare a design for CMYK printing?

This was asked in another thread. When I searched to see if this question has been asked before it was not. Per Meta we are encouraged to create threads that show quality solutions or to future ...
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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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Given a number, how to find that many colours that are well-distinguishable?

I'm interested in getting an method for obtaining n well-distinguishable colours, where n is just a given number. The purpose is for it to be implemented in an algorithmic way. I have read other ...
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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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What would be equivalent blue colour for this red/orange one?

I'm struggling to find a matching blue colour for this red one I've got: #cf3a1b By 'matching' I mean similar feel, in terms of brightness, contrast, lighting etc... I'm new to graphic design so I ...
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How do you avoid bands of prominent color in gradients?

So this is more scientific visualization than graphic design, but I think the theory is the same. In colormaps used for visualizing data, there are often bands of color that stick out when they ...
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How to get a hand colored effect in Illustrator or Photoshop?

How do you create a hand colored effect, like in the image above, using either Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop? I'd like to know how they colored the arrows and how to add a rough gradient like the ...
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Where can I input a color palette and find combining colors that fit in?

I use the Affecton template in a bit different way that it was designed to be used probably. I do not have as much content as it was designed to support. I have only couple of pictures on the page and ...
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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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Proof printing for the web

I had this debate with a colleague and we didn't see anything solid or something from a search that would answer this with certainty so I thought I would open it here. You are designing a website or ...
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How do I move the color picker in a straight line?

Sometimes, when I'm trying to design something using a monochromatic color scheme, I want to make sure I get exact shades and tints of a specific color, but I don't know how I can do that because I ...
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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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Text effect on any background color

I want to display a text over a video. However, the video may include any color from white to black. What is the best text effect (color/stroke/shadow/glow ... etc) that can be applied on the text so ...
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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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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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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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Inkscape radial gradient center color visibly different from specified stop color

I use Radial Gradient in Inkscape. PROBLEM: Color at center of radiant is much darker than defined stop color, as shown by red arrow: How comes? How can I make the color at the center to be the one ...
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Issues with Pantone Colours in InDesign

I have the branding guidelines in PDF format (so viewing on screen) for an organisation with the specific Pantone Colours displayed alongside their code. Now when I add swatches for these Pantone ...
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How to make a color appear the same on different backgrounds?

Background on color perception: Due to the nature of the human eye and visual processing by the brain, there's an optical illusion that the same color will look different depending on the background. ...
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What colors are good to avoid eye fatigue in dark environments?

I'm working on a program that requires a dark interface, because it's mostly used in dark rooms. After some thought I decided to add a light version too and let the user swap them, but both still have ...
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How to get all possible colors on desired spectrum?

I can imagine a very special red color in my mind but I can't find its color code in Photoshop or any other online color dictionary. Is there any tool that for example I say: "Hey show me all possible ...
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What shades of blue go well together (website design) [closed]

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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How to find matching colors for label text and border for a keypad?

I am developing a calculator app which looks like this:   I'd like to bundle a few themes for the user. So I pick a few colors for the keypad I like. However, I have a hard time to determine which ...
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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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Is there a metric for “apparent” chroma?

I'm not sure this is the right place to ask, but is anyone aware of a metric for apparent chroma? Now I understand that "chroma" and "chrominance" are very overloaded terms, so to clarify, I ...
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Is there a way to add all colors used into the swatches panel?

Sometimes, when inspiration hits me, I start designing a document using multiple colors. Or I use the Blend tool to create a smooth set of colors for me to work with. But it always happens that ...