Questions tagged [color-conversion]

Questions about changing colors from one color space to another, most often to match the original color as closely as possible.

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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 to convert RGB colors into CMYK (real paint colors)?

How can I convert an RGB color into a real life color? If I mix equal amounts of red, green and blue paint together in real life, I will never achieve a white color, in the way you do when setting ...
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What's the point of converting RGB images to CMYK TIF/TIFF before placing them in InDesign?

Currently we receive CMYK TIF/TIFF images of photographs from our design agency (who get them from the photographer). Our in-house designers then place them in InDesign for posters and magazines, or ...
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How do Pantone coated and uncoated colors relate?

I need some help understanding the relationship between coated and uncoated Pantone colors. From what I've read online, the coated formula (say 200 C) is for printing on coated (glossy) stock, and ...
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How to make a color appear the same on different backgrounds?

Background on color perception: Due to the nature of the human eye and visual processing by the brain, there's an optical illusion that the same color will look different depending on the background. ...
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How to make my logo color look the same in Web & Print?

My client wanted to use the color #dd0017 as his primary red in his website All along the way we have designed the whole site & the logo in that color (I did the logo in RGB). Now he is asking for ...
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How do I ensure a CMYK cyan that works in Red-Blue stereoscopic printing?

I've been given a solid black design that I have to print in a manner which is view-able through 3D red-blue stereoscopic glasses (Old school 50's cinema type) When I offset the design into Red-only ...
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Can you convert a neon RGB color to CMYK for printing?

I have a logo that was done with RGB colors, now I have to work with this logo to do something for printing purpuses, the problem is that in the RGB version of the logo I have a shade of green I ...
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Illustrator: Getting solid color values from transparency? [duplicate]

I created a logo in illustrator and after much experimentation, settled with a design which the client approved. The problem is, some shapes have a transparency of 60% which looks amazing on white ...
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How do I convert a red color scheme to a green one without making it look “brighter”

The current color scheme for my desktop uses a red palette. I would like to change it into something green instead so I went through the color scheme configuration file and "rotated" all color values ...
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How to convert a pattern/photo to a given palette?

How would I convert a photograph or pattern to use only colors from a palette I give it? Is this possible in Photoshop? I think Pic2Color used to do something like this but it's offline...
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When designing a website, how do I know how users see the colors?

When designing a website, how do I know how users see the colors? I see the colors of the website differently from my Macbook and Windows desktop/notebook. Especially I can’t see light colors on ...
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Why is Photoshop changing my CMYK numbers?

I have my image mode set to CMYK. But as soon as I enter 0 C, 0 M, 0 Y, 50% K, it changes it 43% C, 35% M, 35% Y, 1% K. Attached is a screenshot. How do I remedy this?
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Is there anything that can read, import or convert CMYK SVG?

Short question: I have SVG files with CMYK colours, specified as according to the SVG specs. I want to get this into a design program - any design program - to finalise the design and prepare it to ...
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What ICC profiles does Adobe Illustrator use to convert between RGB and CMYK in its color picker?

I'm trying to understand Adobe Illustrator's color conversion method between RGB/HSB and CMYK. I'm pretty sure they use ICC profiles to do the conversion, and they make a bunch of ICC profiles ...
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How do I convert an RGB black and white photograph to just CMYK black

I have a JPG that is part color and part black and white. How do I convert the black and white part to just black on CMYK? Right now the black and white section is made of all the colors. I tried ...
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Convert to four hues while preserving values/brightness in Photoshop

I would like to reduce the number of hues in my flat image from the full range to only four, but I would like to preserve the value/brightness (and if possible, saturation as well). I want four hues ...
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How to flip Brightness and preserve color in Photoshop?

as the title is saying. Using Photoshop, I want to invert the luminosity of my image using adjustment-layers, while the colors stay the same. So here is my example image: Dark Background (it's ...
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if you accidently make a document in working CMYK how can you change it to RGB?

if you accidently make a document in proof setup 'working CMYK' is there any easy way to convert the document to RGB without the colours getting washed out?
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Creating a color scheme that looks good on screen and when photocopied in black and white

I'm trying to create a color scheme for text headlines that will have distinctly different colors for each level of header, but will also print out mostly dark. I looked at http://colorbrewer2.org/ , ...
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Does hue/sat/lum offer a smaller range of colors than RGB?

All values of RGB should be unique and distinguishable, meaning there are truly 256*256*256 colors. In HSL, however, if L=0 then H and S can be anything, but you still get the same color (black). ...
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Converting from CMYK to RGB (to work with it), then back to CMYK

I am trying to make designs for printable products (shirts, mugs, phone cases, ...). I heard about the issue of the RGB and CMYK colors when printing. I am using Inkscape for my designs as it is a ...
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Convert complex artwork into single color

I created this logo for a client, and I now need to convert it into one color versions (all black/all white). Because there are so many overlays of text and graphics, I am having issues changing it ...
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Is there a loss of quality when converting RGB to HEX?

The graphic designer sent me the colors in RGB, I know I can convert to hex easily, but last time I tried to do that, RGBA to HEX on another website I noticed a slight difference so I ended up using ...
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How to convert color images to black & white in GIMP?

I've a color image and want to print on my black and white printer. So, How do I convert it to black & white using GIMP?
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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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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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How can I increase the contrast in a color image converted to grayscale?

The original image is: And the black white version becomes: As you can see, the cyan colored cells disappear in the black & white version. How can I modify the original image so that the ...
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How to make a logo single-colored?

I'm trying to convert a bunch of company logos to one single color (not just black and white). It's for a website I'm working on, for the "We support those products" type of thing. Here's what I'm ...
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Need Guidance for Color Profile Settings in Illustrator

What is the best color profile to start with in Illustrator when designing a Logo that will be used for web and for print? Do you need to work on them in two different files, one with CMYK profile and ...
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How to Match Skin Color Between Pictures Of The Same Person In GIMP

I have two pictures of the same person. Pictures were taken at same place but slightly different light were used in each one. I would like to adjust the skin color in one picture to match the other so ...
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Why are my printed colors duller than expected?

Basically, I've designed a booklet on Photoshop CC. It's an informational booklet so it's quite vibrant with lots of colours and pictures in it. I've finished it and exported all the files into PDF ...
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Pantone color conversions

I am a bit of a newbie with using pantones and the pantone color guide. I am currently working on a branding project where we will have print material in both pantone and cmyk, and also on screen rgb ...
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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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CMYK to RAL or PANTONE conversion

A client needs to produce a large logo for their front office and the production company requires us to convert the CMYK 40,48,77,17 to RAL or Pantone. I have never been faced with such a request and ...
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Which conversion process produces better results – RGB to CMYK or the other way around?

I've thought about this question for so long but I couldn't think of a good way to phrase it to be searchable. So I decided to ask you guys, and I apologize if it's a repeated question. If I'm ...
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Text over background colored getting a weird yellow border

I'm working on a logo using illustrator. I just put a black text over a red shape and my text is getting a boring yellow border around it. In this case, shape is red, but whatever the color I use, ...
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RGB palette to predetermined CMYK palette in InDesign and/or Illustrator

Happily this isn't yet another "why do my RGB colors look different in 4cp output" question. But let me admit that I may be missing something obvious here. I am working with InDesign and Illustrator ...
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Convert to BW by replacing colors with “shapes” (for printing)

I know nothing about image editing & conversion so please don't come down too hard on me. What I'd like to do is, to convert some color pictures (these ones here) into black & white so I can ...
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How to make a smooth PMS gradient transition in Illustrator

I'm currently working on versions of a logo that has some gradients. CMYK looks fine but I'm getting poor results with PMS. I would normally fix this by building a mixed ink in Indesign but it doesn't ...
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Faded Colour Code Calculation

I know multiple programs that calculate colours based on a percentage. I really love when colours are displayed this way as they seem to fade in a non-luminous dull way that is really indicative of a ...
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How do I edit my CMYK greens to output as brightly as possible?

Converting my photoshop work from RGB to CMYK to send to print. Found out today that RGB has a much broader and vibrant colour array than CMYK. Trying to edit the values, saturation, brightness, ...
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How to change all pixels in Gimp that are not one of two colors to white?

I was trying to submit an app to the Windows Phone app store. Here all pixels need to be white (#FFFFFF) or transparant (#FF####). I had a black logo on a white background. To make the background ...
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Do Adobe RGB and sRGB assume 2 degree observer?

I know that Adobe RGB and sRGB assume D65 illumination, but do they assume a 2 degree or 10 degree standard observer?
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PMS vs CMYK Logo colors

So, I designed a logo in CMYK color and printed it using EPSON printer. The colors match perfectly what I see in print and on monitor. Then I convert the logo color to PMS using Illustrator's ...
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The colour of my RGB document changed drasticly when converted to CMYK in Illustrator

I have been supplied with some graphics for a large format print. The graphic is vibrant red on rich black overlayed with all kinds of gradients. When I convert the artwork from RGB to CMYK the red ...
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How to convert a raster image into vector?

I'm trying to convert a icon from .psd format to vector. Here is my .psd file snapshot. This is my converted(Vector) file snapshot after live trace. I mean it has lot of blurs. I need pixel ...
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I select a color in Photoshop and it's painting another one

I select a color in Photoshop and it's painting another one. I've checked RGB color mode and everything, but it seems to continue to change the selected color. How can I fix it?
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How can I change a multi-coloured logo into a single colour logo in Photoshop?

I'd like to convert some client logos into a single light grey colour #BFBFBF. The logos are in PNG and JPEG formats on a white background. I know that I can convert the image to greyscale and / or ...
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Need help understanding the difference between RGB and CMYK [duplicate]

I am a web developer that fancies myself on being graphically savvy, but I am far from a graphical designer — everything I need is able to be done in raw HTML and CSS. The marketing director at our ...

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