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

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What web graphics formats to use?

Web sites can contain JPEG, GIF,PNG, SVG format graphics. Which ones should be used, and when?
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Avoiding Colour Optical Illusions in Tables

I have a table that I am using colors to highlight certain cells containing the repeated values. Cells with values that do not repeat are uncoloured. Because of illusionary effects, the cells that ...
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How could the look/feel/design of this website be improved? [closed]

So im a web developer and not so much of a designer so my question is how could the look and design of this web layout be improved simply, yet effectivly? Specifically, I'm looking at color scheme and ...
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Indesign Ad Quality

I am new to InDesign and we have a contract employee that builds and creates most of our ads for us. When we lay them out on the page, the ads look fine, but when we get the newspaper back from the ...
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What is this shifted red and blue effect often seen in VR called? How can I achieve it?

I'm looking for more information regarding a specific type of visual effect that I have been trying to recreate many times in Photoshop, without any success. I would like to learn how to do this from ...
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List of RGB quaternary (and beyond) colors?

I'm trying to organize a list of colors for a puzzle game. I can find reliable lists (names and colors values) of the primary, secondary, and tertiary RGB colors - but I can't find any reliable list ...
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What group of colors would go well with these colors? [closed]

I am trying to find a couple more colors (hex#s) that go well with these colors. I made a calendar to which people can add many different groups. I wanted to have about 4 more of these. I don't ...
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Where did the term “Spot color” originate?

In commercial printing, "spot colors" refers to specialized ink mixes to create a predetermined color. Pantone, Toyo, and others are brands of inks which specialize in the sale of "spot color" inks. ...
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In RGB, what is each step from 0 to 255 called?

From the Wikipedia page on the RGB color model -> Numeric representations: A color in the RGB color model is described by indicating how much of each of the red, green, and blue is included. The ...
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Adobe Illustrator Vector colors look completely different when opened on another computer

I have sent a file to a client which was saved in CMYK colors. They opened the file and the colors are nothing like the original design. Any ideas what is happening here? Any help is much appreciated. ...
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Find all polygons

I'm looking for a way to find all polygons on a drawing surface, and identify them by colour. They will all have one out of a known set of colours. Something like the coloured blobs on the women's ...
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Color control “bars” on packaging: non-CMYK, brand colors only - what is it about?

I came accross two different color bars on two distinct cardboard packaging and was trying to figure out what these were exactly about and found some helpful illustration:1 So in the first ...
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Should I use Hex or RGBA when designing a website?

I know this has appeared on StackOverflow already: Are there any good reasons for using hex over decimal for RGB colour values in CSS? Use HEX or RGBA But I'd like to ask on here since we're ...
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Retain original colour in a defined brush preset (alternatively, add colour to a grayscale image based on tone)

In Photoshop (or any other program), is there a way to define a brush from an image and retain the colour of the image in the brush, without it being converted to grayscale (and then becoming monotone ...
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How can I change colors in an Illustrator file without modifying other aspects?

I purchased a stock vector design. I want to change the preset colors used in vector art and leave everything as it is. The object is made up of bunch of shapes. As I try to change the colors ...
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Gradient Banding in Chrome

I've been trying use linear-gradient CSS to avoid using an image for a gradient but unfortunately it renders poorly in Chrome with visible banding. I've created a codepen example to illustrate the ...
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How can I distinguish positive from negative values in a grayscale bubble grid?

I'm giving my sister a hand with a bunch of graphics for her thesis. She's dealing with 20 survey responses from a bunch of companies, and one of the natural things to do is look for correlation ...
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How are the font colors chosen for albums in iTunes 12.0.0.117? Photo attached

I noticed the effect, but have issues following it. Sometimes the primary font color is black, other times it is a bright color from the photo, other times it is a dark color. It is never white, and ...
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How to change colors in a purchased vector stock image with masks.

I am using AI, and I have a vector image where I have over 25 different masks. When I select a shape, and try to change the color, only the border of that specific changes color but the inside stays ...
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Illustrator - set stroke colour of multiple objects as respective fill colours

I have traced a photo in Illustrator, resulting in a complicated vector image with 20 colours. I would like to add a stroke to all of the shapes in the image and set the stroke colour to be the same ...
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How does one generate a palette similar to the ones in Google's material design?

Google's material design specifications have sets of colour palettes: Starting with a base primary colour, which they designate as "500", they then have a range of incremental steps of shade, ...
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How do I find a range of colors (ex. different blues) that will contrast well with another range of colors (ex. reds, yellows etc)?

I've searched online; I've used numerous color web apps; I've even spoken with my graphic designer - but I still don't have a solution for this. What I want to do is come up with a color guide or ...
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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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Photoshop CS6 will not allow me to choose Shape colour

I've just begun using Photoshop CS6 and encountered a problem I've never had before. 1. Went to Custom Shapes Tool, chose a shape, selected a colour (now shows in foreground). 2. Top bar shows from ...
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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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Text not very readable on different image backgrounds

I've come here seeking for a bit of design help or advice on how I could possibly improve the following: Like the title says, I'm having a website banner with multiple text displayed on different ...
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Matching a Digital Image's Color to a Scan

I am attempting to clean up some very high resolution scans of pictures, however, while the scans do not have terrible colors, they are off from the originals. I have very low resolution digital ...
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WCAG luminance contrasts - current practice, what is it?

I tried to ask this question in another group, but got a hint this group might be more appropriate. I just wrote a little tool to check luminance contrast (WCAG) on a web page. Testing this I was ...
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InDesign is changing the color of my image when I export!

thank you for reading my question, this is driving me insane. I have been exporting JPEG in InDesign, my settings are good (I think) but when I export it and open it, the color is darker!!! What am I ...
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Creating a great color palette [duplicate]

For a design assignment, I'm looking for a color that goes nicely with #a31366. The problem is that it's a kind of purple/pink that I've never worked with, so I am bummed out at finding what the best ...
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How to turn the grey background white in a phone camera picture of a book?

Here is a picture (of many) that I took from a book with my phone camera. The problem is that the background is too grey. I want it fully white. I have adobe Photoshop CS6. Does anyone know how I can ...
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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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Grey is printing out grainy

I've noticed in a couple of pieces of my artwork that when I get them back from the printers the solid blocks of grey come out grainy. All my other colours come out fine. I'm using a grey that is ...
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Problems with Inkscape's trace bitmap when converting with multiple colors

I want to apologize ahead of time, for potentially failing to explaining the problem more accurately: So I'm attempting to smooth/clean up a design I'm making for a greeting card on Inkscape. I ...
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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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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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How can I find a background color for this palette?

What background or how can I improve design of my website?
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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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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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Get RGB/Web color values for Avery vinyl colors

I'm doing some basic web-design work pro-bono for a local charity, and I'm trying to match some colors that they use on the side of their vehicles. They use Avery vinyl in two colors and a 3m ...
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Vinyl cut vectors

I am 'artworking' some of my designs making them ready to be vinyl cut. How do I go about putting in the colour? Should the colour references be on a separate layer to the outlines? thanks.
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How to balance and match colors in a color scheme?

I've selected a list of colors (for months of the year). This initial set seems (logically) good to me, however I certainly need to adjust some color tones in brightness, saturation or so. Is there ...
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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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Blurry text and bounderies

My friend made a logo for me. But between us we cannot figure out some problems. The text is blurry. Where the different coloured squares meet is blurry (might not be correct term, possibly ...
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matching color tones and lights of 2 images with photoshop

I'll use cartoon or cartoon-like images in my site. In my some articles I'll have more than 1 images that is related to the content. After finding the suitable images I want these images to match by ...
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Are “web-safe” colors still important?

Years ago, it was always strongly recommended that web designers should only use web-safe colors. Have studies been done to see if this is still the case? If so, what's the answer? Edited to add… ...
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Color combination for 3d mesh segmentation

I'm a programmer, with really bad aesthetic feeling. Please sorry if I use not specific terminology, I'm not a graphic designer. I'd like to automatically generate a variable size cool combination ...
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a simple question relate to colors on screen

I was wondering if the Pantone color on my photoshop does reflect the true pantone color when it print. I am currently working on rendering a packaging image that has pantone color. Other graphic ...
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How to select 5 optimally visible and distinguishable colors?

I have a document that uses 5 different colors for text, on a white background. blue green brown red black (or any shade of gray) I need to adjust the colors so the text has the best visibility ...
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Material Design headerbar and icons color

I'm trying to design a website using the Material Design guidelines. I've a navbar/headerbar with the logo of my website and some icons. The background color is transparent, showing the background ...