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How to maintain a grayscale image (1 channel) output in a cmyk layered file that contains a color layer?

Thanks in advance for your help! I have been asked to fix a customer supplied ad targeted for CMYK newsprint. It is a .psd doc. The printer has asked that the file be supplied with the background ...
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How do two different colors match in strength?

I am not a designer, just an average man with no business in graphic design. But sometimes I see two colors in an ad or in the clothing shop and I can say that they are a perfect match. As if they ...
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Why do yellow and red look good together in this photo?

I've been looking into complementary colors and appealing color schemes, and I couldn't find any which suggested that this shade of yellow would look good with this shade of red. However, the picture ...
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Can I remove colors applied to a topographical map?

For a project involving a client-supplied map (clip below) I need to be able to turn colored layers on and off. The client, however, supplied a flat image and vector outlines for the color regions, ...
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In GIMP, how do I use an image as a color reference to colorize a black-and-white photo?

Let's say I have created a layer on a black-and-white image with a layer mask to colorize some parts (for example skin). I am able to change this with Colorize and change to any color. But how do I ...
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Exact same colors in 2 separate Illustrator CS6 objects appear way less saturated in one

I have 2 different objects in Illustrator CS6. They are both their own layer. They both consist of several paths which are filled with a gradient made to resemble gold. My problem is that of one the ...
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Name of illusion phenomenon of bordering colors

Look at this picture: All the squares are filled with solid color without any gradient, but at the borders between the colors we see as if gradients were used. In the past I tried to create ...
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Why is it that this color gradient is so much more attractive than others?

I've been playing around with some gradients on a site I'm developing, and I'm really interested in the psychology or other meaning behind why certain colors appear more attractive than others. ...
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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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Can I change the color of grouped shapes with the eyedropper or appearance window in Adobe Illustrator?

I thought I used to be able to do this, maybe I am losing my mind. Here are the steps to what I'm trying to accomplish: (Adobe Illustrator CS6) Create a couple of shapes.(Shapes A) Fill the shapes ...
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The black and white photos in the Proof Copy of my book are washed out and without blacks

The black and white photos in the Proof Copy of my book (non-coated paper) are washed out and have no deep blacks, or hardly any blacks. Working from InDesign to a PDF file, how do I ensure that my ...
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In Illustrator the Layers panel Options for Selected contains no color assignment.

I see that others have more options for the Layers Panel, such as the ability to change color. My layers panel Options for Selected contains only: Lock. Hide. How do I restore the correct ...
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How reliable are the colour blindness previews in Illustrator and Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator have options to preview what artwork will look like to people with red/green colour blindness (protanopia and duteranopia). How reliable are these previews? For ...
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Substituting Black C for Process Black in a two-spot color job

I have a two-spot job that uses a Pantone Blue C and a Pantone Black C. I need to create various tints of the black spot, but I don't really like using Pantone blacks for tints. From a production ...
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How to tone an image to with a specific color? Like greyscale, but toned

I need this image in a grayscale rgb(82, 82, 74), hex: #52524A: How can I do this on Fireworks or Photoshop?
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Color management from monitor to print

I need to design a box packaging and need help with color management of the work - formats and combinations. My company printer doesn't print correctly. Should I just look at the print out and see ...
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A good set of color in for an alert message on dark background

The goal Choose a good color combo for my alert message for a dark background. The scenario This is what I have now: Borders/font color: #e84e4f Alert background-color: #9c2b2e Body background ...
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Is there a standard color for a 'Share by email' icon for web?

This is a question which has always been floating around my brain when putting the final touches on a website. (And I couldn't find much about it on the web) When using social icons in the context of ...
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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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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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What factors do these colors share?

Colors below seem to share some kind of "tone" together. For example, colors like this or this seem too bright to fit into this group. What exactly makes this "tone"? I want some technical ...
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Illustrator > Recolor Artwork: How to manually choose the replacement colours from swatch groups?

Below is Illustrator's "Recolor Artwork" window. I've chosen to recolour (yes, I'm British) using one of my swatch groups. Notice that the first source colour is replaced with the first swatch group ...
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Color Picker in Photoshop is wrong

I'm having problems with my color picker in photoshop CS5 Image 1: I select the black [ish] bar. Color picker returns gray. Image 2: I select the white [ish] background below the black bar, color ...
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How to convert transparent layer to solid? (All variants)

I have a transparent layer, like this one (please notice transparency at the center of the image): How would you fill the layer with a color like it was done here: It is important to fill these ...
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Text colours on dark and light

I'm trying to create a set of 6 text colours that are to be used on both white and dark purple (42185D) backgrounds (on a web page), and still meet accessibility standards (AA). Are there any tools or ...
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Does the Pantone Color of the Year have an impact on the colors used in graphic design that year?

Just today I learned that there is such a thing as the Pantone Color of the Year. Wikipedia says that the color of each year is used by ... consumer-oriented companies ... to help guide their designs ...
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Why is my color being darkened when printed?

I am creating a logo and I am using Pantone 638U in Illustrator. I know Pantone has to be premixed but I just wanted to test print on my printer in CMYK. So I converted it to cmyk which is C83 M0 ...
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How does apple use its logo? A question about gradient logos

I'm an aspiring logo designer so I'm doing some research. Apple's logo, according to all the "evolution of the Apple logo" photos, shows their current logo as being a 3d type Grey gradient logo. So ...
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Do websites need three colors?

I've read a bunch of blog posts and stuff on web design, but don't have any formal education or experience/training. In experimenting with my first website, I've found that having 3 colors works ...
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How do I change the color of a certain part of my image?

So basically, I want to edit my image (which was designed by a close friend of mine) to change my glasses from white color, to black instead. I've tried editing the hue/saturation but failed to ...
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Changing the background of the picture to white

I have a passport picture in which the background is light brown. I need to change that background to white. Is there anyway I can do that using Inkscape or any free tools? Here is the picture: ...
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How do I match up Adobe's color profile to Apple's?

Why is there such a difference in the editing view & save preview views? I am using Adobe Illustrator CS6 for Mac OS X. Color Settings: North America General Purpose 2 Profile: sRGB Export ...
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How can I replace a color in an image?

I want to replace the blue part of the image with red. I've tried this using a combination of the Magic Wand tool and the Paint Bucket but that doesn't work well. Can somebody please help me out?
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Where is the “Add” blend mode in Inkscape?

How can I blend colors together with different blend modes in inkscape? I can't seem to find any options for controlling the method for blending colors. For example, how could I make something like ...
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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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Where do you get a Pantone book?

Without dropping $200 - $500 for a Pantone book that I don't plan to use very often, is there a better option to get one?
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Indesign Master Page item can't be removed after overriding it

Indesign CS6 Master Pages I seem to have a strange problem, in the master page (Right Side/Odd numbered pages) I have a simple graphic but when I delete it using ctrl+shift+click Delete, another one ...
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How to find complementary colors

I often find myself trying to determine which colour is the "complementary" one of (or would nicely fit with) two colours imposed by the client brand. At times, only one colour is imposed, and I want ...
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Systemetic way to choose a good red & green color for dark grey background

I'm don't have any Graphic Design background. I'm a programmer. Recently, I tried to port my holo light themed app, to holo dark themed app. For holo dark themed, the dark grey background being ...
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Coloring individual parts in a brush

How do I colour each individual ribbon like the finished preview for these brushes? From DeviantArt:
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How do I create color swatch for Photoshop from a list of RGB values?

I have a list of colors as RRR GGG BBB in a text file and I need to use only those colors to create my images. I'd like to be able to load those colors to Photoshop's color palette (swatch). Is there ...
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Export Photoshop swatch sheet to a human-readable document

I need to export a Photoshop swatch file to a human-readable document with RGB, HSB, HEX values and the name of the swatch. Is there any tool which can export swatches to this kind of a document?
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Is there a recommended neutral color palette for web design?

I am trying to improve my design side on web design. I have design a mobile app using a platform called ApplicationCraft which gives me mobile 5 mobile themes (colours) and have created a 'nice' ...
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Drawing text on an image background that has dark and bright parts

Often, I want to write text over a background image. If the background image is bright, I use a dark color for the text, and vice versa. But, often the image has both dark and bright parts. So a dark ...
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Pantone color doesn't translate to new document?

I'm experiencing a very weird problem in Illustrator with a Pantone color. I have a document open with a logo in it that is Pantone 280 C, blue. I copy the logo into a new Illustrator document and it ...
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Is it possible to reproduce this “comics” effect in Photoshop? [duplicate]

I’m looking for a way to reproduce a similar effect in Photoshop. Is there a filter that can produce this?
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Choose white or black letters over color

Given a background color, what is the best way to determine if I should use black or white for the foreground color? For example, could I use a formula based on the HSB values of the color? It's for ...
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How could I adjust a design color scheme to account for paper color?

As a made up example, say I have a client who really wants a pastel blue paper but a color print on top of the paper. She knows there's going to be discoloration, but still wants me to go ahead and ...
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Make simple bitmap feel like real Mondrian painting

I'm using a bitmap API with Java in an effort to make a Mondrian-esque painting. This is my result: This is what i want to achive: How can I try to make the image I generated more like a ...
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What do users remember the most, position or color of elements?

I have a navigation menu with some buttons, that looks a bit like this (NOTE: Each button has a distinctive icon that differentiate it from the rest, I didn't add them to the mockup but they are ...