Questions about the variation of colour and shape in visual elements, text and illustrations, to define difference/sameness.

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How can I emphasize the hexagons in this illustration for my thesis?

In the figure below, I want to draw attention to the (irregular) hexagons formed by the boundary and some of the interior segments. Currently, they are lightly shaded grey, but I think they don't ...
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How to adjust contrast on multiple images?

I'm using PS6 and I'd like to adjust contrast on multiple opened files. I've found so far only this tutorial, however I couldn't find the appropriate option to adjust the contrast. This suggest me ...
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How to change ( invert ) color on a high quality photo of a product?

There is a black leather with a yellow thread and my client wants me to change it to a medium gray leather with black thread ? I ve tried many ways but the naturals shadows on the leather where is it ...
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Choosing a good highlight color for dark background

I'm working on a dark design which is composed on a list with alternated row colors ( #252425 and #121314 ) and I use different colors for the text on it ( #85bb23, #6F6A6F, #FFFFFF, #C50005, #2AAADB ...
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Styling/Layout advice on an Isotope/Masonry website

I am experimenting with a masonry layout web site bringing niche news and cultural information on East Asia to a Western audience. I have chosen a masonry layout for the homepage because the site will ...
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How to visually represent a color contrast issue to a person with normal color vision?

I have two colors — #FFFFFF and #009688. I want to simulate graphically how it will appear to a person with color blindness issues so that I can present it to a person with normal vision and explain ...
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Any problems with light text on dark background?

My high school journalism teacher always said putting light text on a dark background is hard on readers' eyes and is a bad thing to do. But in my experience making spreads, there are many instances ...
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How to create an 16× error/difference image using GIMP or Photoshop

I need to create a quality comparison between two rendering methods by showing the difference of the results akin to figure 6 in [Walter et al. 2005] (p. 5): (Image copyright by Walter et al. 2005). ...
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Best Grayscale method for checking contrast?

While designing art assets in Photoshop, I've always tried to use the Grayscale method for checking the contrast levels. Unfortunately, different articles/sources recommend different methods of ...
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Color combination suggestions for medium contrast background

I am developing UI for iPhone App, and in the navigation bar I used this grey color. My requriment is to use font colors which catch the eye. I tried blue but on iPhone the theme is transparent, so ...
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How to compensate for perceived color differences do to simultaneous contrast?

Is there a formulaic system to adjust the color of the text on the black background below to compensate for simultaneous contrast and make it be perceived as the same color a the text on the white ...
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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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What should a designer consider when laying out print materials for elderly audiences?

I'm in the process of doing layout for a trifold aimed at the elderly population in my town, and I'm looking for some recommendations from folks who have experience laying similar materials out for a ...
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Light text on a dark background vs. dark text on a light background: which allows the reader to keep focusing for longer?

I did not want to get to the endless war of dark-on-light vs light-on-dark, but recently I discovered something interesting: while light-on-dark text is still less tiring for my eyes (and I also ...
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Quickly correct mismatched tone or color between stitched and merged layers in PS?

Imagine you have a panorama photo, stitched together from multiple pics, and it's already been merged into one JPEG. Each pic had a slightly different brightness/color/tone. So you can see obvious ...
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Critique and redesign: Change template for a philosophical website

Please help me in designing the review and critique of this page I am a programmer, and a designer gave me an image of a webpage. I made it and everything is OK, but I don't like this template's ...
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Is having a grayer background a bad thing?

With F9F9F9 background: Original: I thought my blog looked a little bit boring with a plain old white background, so I tried it with #F9F9F9 and #FCFCFC. I'm not really sure whether I like it. ...
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Critique: Can you provide constructive feedback for my monochrome website design?

I am a programmer, design is not my forte. I attempted to create a design and am stuck on where to continue to with colors, location of pieces, text choice etc. Here is the website so far: Design ...
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Why is this blurred images not working as a background?

How can I get the picture in the background and add a blur to it so it looks like the example ones? I have tested blur in one of my designs, and it's looks bad x) I wonder if it's the color of the ...
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How to determine exact contrast ratio

Because of the recent Web accessibility Law in my region, I need to ensure I'm designing with an appropriate contrast ratio. WCAG says the value of this ratio is 4.5:1 ...
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How can i add contrasted lines from a layer to another?

Hi i have this layer : And this layer : And what i want to do is add those black lines to the red layer but i dont want the white parts , how can i do this ?
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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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Quotable reference to support my assertion that black text on a grey background is not a “highlight”

I need some graphic design advice on finding a quotable piece of information regarding the use of "highlighting" text on signage, which I hope you can help me with. I'm in a dispute with my local ...
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How to calculate how much contrast you need in a header if the focus is on content?

I am redesigning a dental blog. So the focus is obviously content, they can read related news, download technical documents, watch videos, etc. So I wanted the design to be subtle. But the header I ...
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Crisp Legible Font for Code Snippets [duplicate]

I'm new to design, contrast and color concepts but I'm trying to get my programming code snippets to look crisp, clear and very legible, without hurting the eyes. I'm looking for a font that is ideal ...
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White and black design style

Recently I noticed a trend in graphic and industrial design that focuses on (usually predominant) white or very light gray and high contrast black or dark gray shapes — which fascinates me because of ...
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Dark images print with low contrast

I am a web developer and want to make a physical portfolio. I have tried various settings in photoshop and for my printer (HP officejet pro 8600) and my lighter theme web sites come out fine but my ...
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For the main image on the landing page, can a dark contrasting background help increase conversion?

BACKGROUND OF PROJECT Initially I envisioned that the header would have an image that can span the entire width of the page. I was thinking centered, and it would be so wide that as you stretched it, ...
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How to calculate the best type colour for a random background colour?

I might need to present content at multiple levels depending on the distance of the observer to a display. Let's say from far away the user perceives a flat colour, but from a close distance the user ...
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Auto - Fix an image of its contrast and brightness - Pixel Bender

I am developing a filter in Pixel Bender. It needs me to apply an auto-fix to the image before the filter is applied. Currently this is my progress in it -> dst = sampleNearest(src,outCoord()); ...
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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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How to make red icon on gray background less jarring?

My app has a button to record or play videos. When there are problems with this feature, we notify the user by overlaying an exclamation point. This "red !" UI works OK elsewhere in the app but on ...
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What's the best software/service for classifying fonts by height, ascender/descender, aperture, etc?

Is there any font classification service (web page, app, book) that classifies fonts by x-height, ascender and descender lengths, stroke contrast, apertures and counters, besides the basic serif and ...
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design/ display user evaluation state's

Im looking to discuss ideas on how to represent the "evaluation of a user". You the evaluator Users to be evaluated Based on score border around user profile is different color How could this be ...
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Clearly distinguishable colours for scientific figures

I am looking for pointers on how to pick a set of colours (or a colour gradient) that are clearly distinguishable, for use in scientific figures. Was there any systematic research on this? If yes, ...
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Which font looks great with Georgia? where Georgia is the body font

I have a blog on blogspot.com - mentioning this so you may know I don't really have a lot of font options! Anyway - In my blog, I want the body font to be Georgia. What should be the Header font with ...
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How can I make this sidebar menu clearer?

I have created a sidebar for a client as requested: The top bar - where on other pages menu items are shown - is left empty as requested and instead 3 menu items are show in the sidebar. These lead ...
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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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Where can I find a large palette / set of contrasting colors for coloring 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 white or black, and ...
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What is the best way to label an image?

I have an image which I would like to label certain areas with some sort of a text label. I'm trying to figure out what the best way is to make the text clear. The image is color, and objects may have ...
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How to simulate low contrast LCD screens

School and cooperate environments usually uses very cheap LCD screens with abysmal contrast and color reproduction. I'm currently required to design for these types of screens, and often find that ...
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Contrast ratio between foreground and background

What is an acceptable contrast ratio between a foreground and its background?