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

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CS PDF Export color loss

I'm working with a psd in PS in CMYK mode. After exporting a standard "High Quality Print" PDF, there is noticeable overall desaturation in the exported PDF. Why, if I am working in CMYK, and ...
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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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Color mixer that can mix 3 or more colors?

I'm looking for some sort of service, tool or application – even manual techniques – where you can digitally mix/blend 3 or more colors (i.e. not 2 as in most applications out there) and get the ...
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Large color set for coloring of 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 write and black and ...
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Inverted colors on opening PDF in photoshop

When opening this PDF in Photoshop(CS3) all colors are automatically inverted. How can I change this behaviour? The file has correct colors when opening it with Adobe Acrobat. The file is generated ...
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Colors change in Photoshop when copying a selection from one document into a new document

I'm trying to copy a particular layer out of a Photoshop document into its own new document and export it for use on the web. I'm doing this by right-clicking the layer in the layers palette, ...
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What are the possibilities choosing colors using Phi (the Golden Ratio)?

I recently sat down with a friend, and we hypothesized that Phi (the irrational number) and that it could be used to determine colors using an algorithm of a sort. So, I came back home, and googled ...
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How to create an art asset that can be dynamically colored in software?

Specifically, I have a bunch of photographic crayon images. I would like to remove the color from one to produce a neutral image that I can load into an iPhone app that I'm writing and dynamically ...
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How can I improve my color selection skill?

I'm a web developer, started to become a web designer. However, I think my understanding of colors is not practical yet. There are tools out there that can give you color harmonies, and more stuff, ...
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PANTONE and color conversions

I have been given a standard color palette. The colors are defined in terms of PANTONE #### X for example PANTONE 1234 C. Followed by their CMYK, RGB and HSB values. Another page defines ...
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What is the most uncommon pigment in the phyiscal world?

My intuition on why Hollywood movies use a particular hue of blue for the background screen is because this pigment is not common in the real world. So a computer program would have an easy time ...
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Is there a hard and fast rule for choosing colours to make text appear inset

I've always liked the look of inset text on web pages so I try to use it every now and again. (Sparingly and when appropriate). I always find it a bit of a chore to find the right blend of colours ...
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Color matching tools [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette around colors I select? Can anyone recommend a good tool / website for finding color matches for a certain color ...
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What kind of black should I use when designing for CMYK print?

my question is what kind of black should I use when printing. At the moment I use this black (split into CMYK) : C:0% M:0% Y:0% K:100% It looks fine in InDesign or Illustrator but if I save a PDF ...
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Should I use different colours for talks in two languages?

Should I use different colours for different languages? Do viewers find it easier to read if the two languages are in different colours, or do they find it an insult to their intelligence? ...
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Formula for finding out the result of a color after applying x% opacity to it?

I have 2 colors #a1a2a4 black (#000000) white (#ffffff) Now I need to know how much opacity (in a percent) must I apply to the second color (black) against a background of the third color (white) ...
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Are there too many colors on this web page?

I colored a couple of table columns on this page and I think I've overdone it: now it's starting to look to me like a Tijuana whorehouse. Are there already too many colors on the page? Thanks! Any ...
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How to determine color transformations from given colors?

Our designer has provided us with some nice web 2.0 buttons, etc. I translated them into beautiful CSS3. Now I want to go overboard and generalize the color scheme using Sass color manipulation. ...
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GIMP - change color of object preserving feathering

I have an .xcf image and I like to change the color of some objects within it. The objects are mostly one solid color with the edges feathered into transparency. I.e. all pixels in the object are ...
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Associate shape with color

In Illustrator you can create own colors in the color palette (as you might know :)). Now I want to do the following: create a shape, for example a rectangle, and assign a color from the palette. Is ...
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Is there a best way to convert an image from colour to black&white?

This is a simple question but it doesn't seem to be here. My question: Is there a better way to convert a colour image into a B&W (in photoshop) one than just changing the 'mode' of the image? By ...
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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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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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Contrast Color with Red [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Need help with the Color Combination for the Red Can some one help me to find a color that contrast the color Red HEX: cd0001 I am looking for something i dark rang of ...
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Need help with the Color Combination for the Red

I have come up with a Basic Design for my web app. I want to use the Red color as it helps induce apetite. Well while designing i have managed to get the basic layout and design directions going. But ...
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What is format of this colors ?

I have some colors on paper whose specified color formats differ from the well-known web color formats. They begin with a letter of color then numbers which specify contrast like R143 R111 R100. R ...
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How to put clash colors together?

I am asked to put three specified colors together to form a pie chart, a colorful ring, some colorful diamonds and etc. Those three colors together are really ugly. Are there any tricks to make it ...
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Paint Shop Pro 7: where to find color:transparent?

In a .png image, I want to color the three far-northwest corner pixels, now colored white, so they are transparent: This is, I want the background color to show through those pixels. But I can't ...
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How to calculate other colors with the same perceived lightness as a given gray value?

This is related to a question I asked on tex.stackexchange, which has a color aspect. The result of that question is the following image: I have drawn a series of gray squares on the left, with a ...
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Completely different interpretation of Pantone to RGB values depending where I look.

I'm making a web site and have been told the corporate color is pantone 2745. In illustrator, here, and here it is a deep indigo color. Here, here, here and here it is a deep violet sort of color. ...
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Do my colors work?

I'm not much of a designer (yet), and I'm still in the learning phases. I'm not bad with Photoshop, but when it comes to color theory and typography, I'm not sure I have any idea. So, I just create ...
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Color harmonies math:triada, complement, analogous, monochromatic

I need help in color math. I have one main color and i want to know how i can calculate other colors of chosen harmony. I need such color harmonies: triada, complement, analogous, monochromatic. Any ...
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Is there a way to make Adjustment Layers ignore certain layers?

Is it possible to insert a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer at the top of all layers - but make it so that chosen layers are not affected by it? Can it be done without altering positions? (Ie. moving ...
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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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Photoshop - adjustment layer to change colors of multiple layers?

I remember I opened a PSD file which did this. It had like 4 hidden "adjustment" layers, each for a specific color, and all the elements that used a certain color were being changed depending on ...
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Good monitors for graphic design / printwork ?

I am working primarily in book graphic design: edit images, color profiles, do the layout of the book, prepare it for print etc. Sometimes I do logos, corporate identity packages etc. I do not do ...
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How to choose colors for a website layout?

Given that I'm new to graphic design and I'm trying to design the homepage of my website, I can't really understand the reason why I can't make the homepage color "shine". I'm sorry for the ...
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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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What colors stimulate learning

What colorschemes do you think stimulate learning and attention seeking without being distracting?
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Color Theme Repo Similar to Kuler

I have a website where users can create custom designed paper goods. I default the color selections for a template to something popular I found on Kuler, but I've noticed the colors themes that the ...
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When I export an image from Illustrator, why is it a slightly different color in the exported image?

I have a web design layout in AI that I'm trying to slice up into HTML/CSS. I'm having trouble keeping the colors the same in the exported files as they are in Illustrator. When I open it up in ...
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What color sets are there?

I've got a music player that colors the playlist songs according to various criteria, and recently I've changed the random color generator to a static list of traditional japanese colors. That made ...
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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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What's this type of abstract, blended-color image called?

I'm trying to create a landing page, and the main image which I have in mind contains a blended combination of mixed abstract colors. Something like those images: However, it seems I'm not using ...
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How can I map the colors in a greyscale image to a specific color “gradient”?

Caveat: I'm not a graphic designer and may be misusing some terminology. Please bear with me. :-) I'm attempting to add color to some greyscale icons (i.e. all three channels are identical). I ...
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How can I apply color to a grayscale image?

I'm using Fireworks for graphical drawing, and I have this bitmap image that contains some greys that I wish to change it to red, however if I use the Hue/Saturation on it, it does not change colour. ...
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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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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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Choosing colors that work well on projectors

When specifying colors for use in a software user interface, what's the best way to ensure that those colors will look acceptable on all common display technologies: CRT, LCD, and in particular ...
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Colors in Website Design

It's not a kind of question but rather it's a kind of thing which effects a lot in web designing. What are some important rules to follow for making a color combination in web design? I always fail ...