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I'm guessing you used the magic wand tool to select the white background with tolerance set at 32 and anti-aliasing on. If I do that, I get the same result. Instead, set the tolerance to 1 and turn off anti-alias: Here's a comparison of the difference: Zoomed in for better detail:


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It's normal. When you make the background dark gray, you decrease the contrast of your image. Maybe you should INVERT it: Inverting it changes the colors. Playing with blending modes you can get this: It really depends on what effect you are looking for.


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What you are running into is one of the big differences between video and still photography/design. Video's heritage is television, which has very different technical requirements and standards. In video there is no such thing as #000. In the same way, there is no #fff, no #ff000, no #00ff00, etc.. TV and video standards do not permit levels of 0 or 255 on ...


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Yes, black counts as a color. However, you can use 100%k if you'd like. I've never called out a specific Pantone Black unless there was a reason I wanted that Pantone black. As @JohnB points out, Pantone makes a number of blacks, if you aren't looking for one of those (tinted) blacks, then using 100K is just fine.


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Yes, Black belongs to the set of 14 Pantone Basic colors from which all other PMS colors are mixed: If you're using Illustrator, you can find it as a swatch in the PMS color book swatch library Or in the Color Libraries in Photoshop: There are other "Blacks" available (Black 2, Black 3, Black 4, Black 5, Black 6, Black 7) but they are all tinted ...


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If you have the capability and the time to experiment, I would try glossy dots on a matte background.


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Here are a couple of things you could do... Stroke the black: Use an outer Glow, this may not work depending on the rest of the design: Stroke all of them, this is what I think I would do:


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Keep it simple: use a subtle outline on each of the circular swatches. From what I can see, the colour and thickness of the horizontal white line would be great.



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