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

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Making a solid color more realistic/natural

I often come across elements of color which look very natural and realistic despite there being only one solid color (not in a pixel-exact way, but rather in the perceived sense). When I try to ...
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Why is black not a natural color?

I've had at least two art teachers tell me that black does not naturally occur in nature, so using pure black makes your designs look synthetic. I do not understand this. Aren't the following black ...
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How do I export a JPG with the same color profile as my Photoshop workspace?

I created a design for a webpage in Photoshop and got all the colors looking perfect. However, when I export it to a jpeg and view it outside of Photoshop the colors are completely different. If I ...
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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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What paper should I use to create normal flyer bleeds from a laser printer?

I know it has to be a bit larger, but can I get quality laser print paper to go in a commodity printer? (I have a bizhub C360.) If so, what size should I get?
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How to select colours that match each other?

Looking at the colours in this logo, it is clear that the colours match each other. How do I find an orange and purple that match the same colour scheme? I suppose the colour in the 'R' is yellow? ...
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Blend mode “Add” in illustrator

Does illustrator have the equivalent of an "Add" blend mode? This would mean that (R=0, G=128, B=255) + (R=255, G=128, B=0) = white
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Photoshop CS5 - how to “normalize” colors in an image to reduce the noise?

New to photoshop so bear with me... I have a scanned image that, ideally, should be just three colors: red, black, and white. The original was a pen an ink drawing and the act of scanning added all ...
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How can I get the closest color word for a hex color?

Say I have a color like #7B0D40. Are there any tools out there to output the nearest human-understandable word for that color? (Like #7B0D40 ~= Magenta?) I know there's ways to search the words used ...
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How do I match image brightness in Photoshop?

Say I have an image that had it's brightness adjusted. I also have a small portion of the original unmodified image like this: Is there a way in Photoshop CS5 to have the image's brightness ...
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Feedback on my Company's Logo? [closed]

I just started my first high school graphic design class a couple months ago, and now I'm using Illustrator to make a logo for my software company. Info on my company: I develop applications for ...
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How to create rounded corner using photoshop cs2?

In my application there is the requirement of the image with the rounded shape. I am new to use Photoshop so i want to know how it is possible to create the rounded shape of any existing image ? The ...
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How to create this grainy & pixelated effect?

How do you recreate the effect as seen in this picture through Photoshop? I'm talking about the grainy texture... I tried using noise filter and played with layer blends, but the result is less ...
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Is there a chart for color combinations? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette around colors I select? Is there a chart or something which shows you which color goes with with color? For ...
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Color wash out problem when I connect my laptop to a projector or LCD monitor

I have a critical problem when i connect my laptop to a projector. Colors that I have used in my website are getting washed out when it's displayed on the projector screen.
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Illustrator: color differences between AI and PDF (profile?)

I have an .ai document, this is my working document. ! want to export it to PDF (to be portable but still vector), the problem is the color are all messed up and seem washed out (in spite the fact I ...
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Where can I find examples of high contrast combinations for websites?

I like the idea behind http://contrastrebellion.com/, and plan to implement that on my websites. However, I'm a developer, not designer. I read a lot about the subject -where I must build the ...
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Is it possible to create a modern-looking design with a dark theme?

I was asked a website redesign with two requirements: Inspired by Google Plus (clean, minimal, a lot of "white" space) Switchable between a White version and a Black version Here's my problem: ...
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Choosing between Analogous, Complimentary, and Triad Colour Schemes

Background information: I'm working on an Android game for which I need to pick colours. But, I want the answer to this to be general to ANY kind of graphic design. How do I choose between using a ...
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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 ...