Questions tagged [color-theory]

Questions about color mixing guidance and the visual impacts of specific color combinations.

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Given a set of surrounding colors, how to find a good color template?

This is a map of topics the I cover in my project. The topics are segmented in different stages, and I would like to have your advice on how to color the segments. I check the color wheel to find a ...
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When to use Curves for photo?

i don't understand something in color correction, when should i use Curves that changes Shadows/Highlights colors, rather than change the color itself by using for example selective color?
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Are luminosity and value synonymous

I have always heard the word value used to describe the lightness of a color. Does luminosity refer to the same thing?
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Good-to-Bad color scale without green

I'm new to the community but I was wondering if you guys could help me out. Typically when someone want to display a scale of good-to-bad they show something like: Red is bad and green is good, with ...
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Is the color exactly between two opposite colors always medium gray?

I was trying to find the opposite of a web color (let's take #917AFA as an example) and an online tool told me that it is #6E8505. Then, I used another online tool to find the color that is exactly in ...
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Is there a color system in which Red, Yellow, and Blue are primary colors?

Children are often taught that Red, Yellow, and Blue are "the primary colors", with Orange, Green, and Purple "the secondary colors." This matches neither additive (RGB) nor ...
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What is the math behind these color combinations?

In short, I want to know what the theory is behind the Helpscout colour palette. I think it has something to do with material.io? https://style.helpscout.com/visual-elements/ Now I've always had my ...
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Color correct to counter low blue light

Everytime I create a video,it looks good in a normal screen but considering half of the people have the low blue light effect enabled, I would like to balance somehow the colors of my videos to ...
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How can I detect if a color is gray

I'm trying to programatically detect if a color is "gray" or not. The best measure of "grayness" I could find was the saturation. The problem that I'm running into is that ...
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Scientific methods to obtain perfect color gradient between red and green for scale

I am in the course of designing an application that allows users to ask survey questions by swiping along a coloured scale. For preliminary testing, I just took a coloured gradient from the internet ...
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Colour maps for visualising sparse points against black background

I would like to visualise sparse 3D points against a black background. Each point is associated with a brightness value. I would like a colour map to display these points in a visually appealing way, ...
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How to find a color within area in CIE 1931 color space

Color should fall within an area defined with coordinates in CIE 1931 color space as stated in CIE 39.2 - "Recommendations for Surface Colours for Visual Signalling". The area is described ...
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How this overlay color effect was created? [duplicate]

I'm struggling with a little problem. I want to recreate some kind of overlay effect, but I cannot get close to it. I hope some pros among you know how this overlay was created... Note: I have tried ...
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Best color for one image [closed]

I have an application with two columns, one on the left that display the major information, one on the right with a random image (and a bit of text). I would like to use a background color (a subtle ...
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How to find out more about the colour theory design of warning signs and labels?

For a project, I have found that I wish to learn about the color theory of warning signs and labels, specifically those that use colors across a spectrum that indicate an increasing intensity or ...
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YCrCb colorspace: why does it contain only blue and red color information, but not green?

I was reading about YCrCb colorspace. First channel, Y is "luminance" (akin to the brightness) of the pixel. Second channel, Cb is the "chrominance" (aka color) for blue. Third channel, Cr, is the "...
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Why can colors that don't follow color theory look harmonious? [closed]

I'm a little confused about color theory, I did some studying and research, I understand the concept of color harmony, analogous, complementary etc...should match, but then, some color schemes that ...
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Confused about color theory/wheel?

I see that Adobe's color wheel https://color.adobe.com/create doesn't match neither RGB neither RYB color models. Ex: If I choose RGB = 255,0,0 I get a shade of Green as a complementary color. But I ...
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What is a good technique to layer one colour on top of another colour of the same colour?

The part I struggle with (that would be all colour theory :D) is as follows: So I choose a colour with my limited to non-existent colour theory and then create two shapes and put one on top of the ...
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How to choose a text color for a logo that has a bi-colored icon in it?

So I'm making this logo for a friend's project of an online multiplayer version of the card game "Coup". This is what I made so far: But the thing is I don't want to use 3 colors, as I think it makes ...
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How to represent a scaling object?

This is a subjetive question, however I can imagine there are answers with reasoning so I think it fits the website. I'm designing a visualization tool in a static medium (no animations) for 2D ...
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How can I measure the “colorfulness” of an image?

Alright Ive looked at https://www.quora.com/Is-there-a-way-to-measure-color-saturation-in-Photoshop and read Color Theory: Is there a measurement of "colorfulness"? but need an applicable ...
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Finding the Yule-Nielsen factor

I have a rather technical question. I'm trying to find the Yule-Nielsen factor n in the equation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neugebauer_equations I've read that n is empirically derived from the "...
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What do you call (S×V) in the HSV color model?

What do you call the quality of a color being “vivid,” or in other words, the quality of a hue being distinct and recognizable? Mathematically speaking, what do you call (S×V) in the HSV color model?
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Isometric color shading rule for pixel art

Lets say I have a cube in an isometric pixel art with the 'normal' color #ff0000 (red) and I want to shade remaining sides, is there a rule for selecting the top (brighter red) color and the darker ...
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Should we increase saturation and brightness on CMYK colors?

I already heard that when we're gonna pick a correspondent CMYK color from a RGB one, it's "recommended" increasing saturation and brightness in order to get a better printing result, because every ...
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Palette of at least 10 hues with 4 lightness levels (by perceived appearance)

For a user interface I need at least 10 distinctive perceived hues, to get a palette with these criteria: The palette should have at least 10 hues and 4 lightness levels for each hue (dark, medium-...
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What CTA color would work best?

I am just getting into UI design. I have a site I am working with right now whose primary color is #ffb606(yellow). All of my CTA's are yellow with white text. I need to change the CTA color but I am ...
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What color scheme to choose for background color of different section in one page website?

I have a website page with different sections like about us and contact us. I was learning about color wheel schemes but it is still unclear if I should use complementary or analogue scheme for ...
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Are spot colors limited and why CMYK mix is not treated same as spot color mix?

I read this article today. I understood a few things, but few remained unanswered. The article mentioned 18 basic colors. The things little confused me after that line. I assumed Pantone have only 18 ...
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Can the RGB Colour Space recreate all colours within the CMYK Colour Space?

The obvious answer, to me, is that the RGB Colour Space is capable of reproducing the CMYK Colours; for the simple fact that the CMYK Colour Space is fully consumed within the RGB Colour Space as ...
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How should Colour Ranges, that exceed 4 colours, be referred to?

I am aware that CMYK is a Colour Gamut used for Printing, representing the following colours: C: Cyan; M: Magenta; Y: Yellow; K: Black. What I have not come across are standard terms used, when ...
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Would a 5+ Colour Printer output any noticeable improvements on Prints of Artwork captured by Camera/Scanner?

I wish to create reproductions, of various pieces of Artwork I have created; using a variety of Paints. The obvious first step would be to create a digital copy using a Camera or Scanner etc. Once a ...
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What's the difference between Brightness / Contrast / Color Balance / Gamma Correction & Saturation?

Can someone explain the differences between these 5 terms, as if I were 5 years old?
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Can a combination of purple-green or pink-green make a design look bad?

Just like we use some green on red (not all cases, depends on saturation and lightness) as shown in last image, which looks not very common & attractive when it comes to illustrations for social ...
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Setting new colour gradient scheme against flat colour scheme

What gradient colour scheme would work best for the boxes on my website? I have a navy header and grey background, but would like to add a splash of colour. The navy colour is part of our brand so it ...
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Limited colour gamut of process colour

Process color has a limited color gamut when compared to spot color. Why does process color have a limited range of color?. Explain it in detail.
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Find color where alpha at value `a` equals a given hue [duplicate]

I want to achieve a certain hue but also have the color that carries that hue contain a certain opacity. For example if I were after #ff0000 with 50% opacity, the color I would want to identify is ...
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Determing the best X colors to provide the most coverage in a pallete?

When creating a palette of colors, for use in things such as a painting app, or a box of crayons, or product variants, where you want to make as many different colors available as possible within the ...
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How to quantify the distance between two colors?

I am working on an app that helps the user create data visualizations. Long story short, I need it to be able to tell when two colors will be in high contrast with one another or not, so that it can ...
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Help with colours [closed]

I would say I've always struggled with colour combinations so I'm hoping someone can help. How do you all choose your colour combinations? I tend to look at https://coolors.co and generate a colour ...
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Can RGB screen color exist in real physical world?

For example the bright royal blue color; R0 G10 B220, HEX: #000ae1. I know this color cannot be printed nor painted. But can this blue color exist in the real world other than on a digital screen? For ...
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Question on color theory and automatic color scheme generation

I am majoring in Computer Science and me and my friend are doing our thesis on Color Theory (in particular, automatic color scheme generation). We have created some models that create palettes from ...
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Why 0 lightness in LAB is not guaranteed to be black?

Since the L in LAB represents Lightness, why having 0 lightness is not guaranteed to be black? For example, LAB(0, -128, -128), is a very vibrant blue (#001ec3):
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How do I make this color combination more readable?

I am trying to improve an existing web site, and this is what I am starting with: <body style=' background-color: rgb(50,101,152); color: red; text-decoration-color: red; ...
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Dark UI Design: Why tint the dark gray colors with a different (primary) color?

I'm currently building a desktop app and decided to go with dark UI. I got really inspired by the tools I use for web development (mainly Atom text editor), which have nice dark UI designs. So I ...
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Chromaticity diagram

The chromaticity diagram is said to describe all colors visible to the human eye. However, I have also read that all visible colors are contained in a 3D color space – very similar to a cone – and ...
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Color scheme trasformations

Given a set of colors, say colors on this webpage, and another palette of an equal number of colors, what would be a good way to map the former to the latter while: preserving contrast between ...
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What is the pattern and which color is the odd one out?

I saw this a couple of days ago on ueno's brand redesign and have been trying to figure out the pattern between the colors for the past few days. Can anyone offer some insight. Been working on my ...
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Distinguishing information via colors

I am working on the design of an app and I am stuck, I believe, due to (bad) color picking. The app is related to personal performance and I diferentiate the 'state' of the information via colors — ...

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