Questions tagged [color-theory]

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

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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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Transform given color to 'Color Blind' scale

I am working on one project where I want people to have choice of visualizing graphs and illustrations in 'Color-blind' scale (design should emulate colors which will be visible to color-blind person)....
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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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Is there any color rule or theory for this kind of situation? [duplicate]

Is there any color theory or rule for something like this?: Considering that is a big blue square that contains another smaller green square and under the green one is a small and thin text with the ...
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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 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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Why CMYK values of (100, 100, 100, 0) isn't pure black? [duplicate]

If I have an RGB value of (0, 0, 0) I get pure black. Now, since CMY are the opposite colors of RGB - shouldn't (100, 100, 100, 0) in CMYK mean pure black? Why is this equivalent to #363639, which is ...
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Large color palette generator?

Is there a color picker that will generate a large palette of colors say 10 or so? Most I've seen max out at 5. In my case, I have a project that has about 14 color-coded sections and it would be nice ...
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Is there a well-distinguishable toric color space subset?

For a plot I want to represent two periodic angles with a single color. Theoretically this is possible, since a torus (think Doughnut, any surface point of which can be described via two angles) can ...
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Color doesn't have enough contrast with either white (#FFFFFF) & black (#000000)

In android studio (official application for android programming) I have created a color I want as my primary color. However the application (Android Studio) complains that my color doesn't have enough ...
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Need help choosing colors for info graphics [duplicate]

i am trying to create a info-graphics design in adobe illustrator, i divided a circle into 18 pieces i applied gradients colors to each pieces.i tried choosing colors from info graphic images from ...
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Feedback on real estate ad design

I am a Real Estate Agent with is looking to improve and differentiate myself from the competition. I am using Canva and realized that there is so much potential with good design. Are the color ...
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Are there rules for using warm and cool grey tones together in UIs?

I am currently working on redesigning a web app and want to reduce the number of colors used, especially the lot of different grey tones - warm and cool mixed up as accents for UI elements and the ...
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Is it possible to subtract two layers to calculate transparency?

I have an image with two layers: Backround and its copy + some modifications. Is it somehow possible to subtract colors of the backround layer, so that all pixels that are different will be extracted ...
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How are Coolors.co color schemes generated?

Color schemes like Monochromatic, Analogous, Triadic, Tertiary are generated based off the color wheel. What about color schemes from Coolors.co or ColorSpace? How would those schemes be generated? ...
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Is there any trick to dynamically color low-poly designs?

I know the normal method is to fill the the areas with original color from the photo above which the triangles are residing. But I'm looking for an easy way to color them with random colors (all while ...
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why does desaturated yellow seem darker than saturated yellow if paper can't be brighter than white?

From what I understand, when we apply traditional pigments (i.e., non neon) on paper, we make the paper reflect less light than it was before we applied it. That is, when we apply a pigment on paper,...
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What's the result of a secondary color mixed with the third primary color?

I am currently developing a puzzle game which requires the player to blend colors in order to solve the puzzles. I am using the RYB model because I think it's the most logical when it comes to ...
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Calculating average of two RGB values

Having 2 RGB values: 255, 23, 22 201, 18, 122 I want to average them, this link says that really I need to square them first, average, then find the square root. I've seen a few other points that ...
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Why is azure used instead of teal as cyan in color mixing?

Why does azure make a better cyan than teal for color mixing? On the HSV spectrum, cyan sits at 180 degrees, which is bright teal, whereas most printer inks and best primary blues for painting and ...
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How to calculate the RGB color values with a given alpha value for mixing with another color to achieve a target color?

Basically what I am trying to achieve is illustrated in this Image: I got a background color (R:19 G:25 B:37 or #141A25) upon which I want to layer another color at 80% alpha to get a target color (...
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How do I (consistently, systematically, theoretically) extend my website's base colors scheme? [duplicate]

I am using the following basic RGB color scheme for my website: 43/66/79 84/129/156 79/68/43 156/122/84 176/176/176 79/79/79 I would like to extend the pallette, but not in a random way. I ...
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is there any painting medium other than light emitters(like computer) that has cyan?

I've been trying different pencils, crayons, acrylic and watercolor paint, oil pastels, but I haven't been able to find anything that I can take picture of, and invert/negate digitally to make a ...
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are all bright pixels equally bright?

Some colors like #FFFF00, #00FFFF, #00FFFF, #FF00FF, #00FF00 seem really bright while others like #FF9900, #2D4FFF, #6699FF,#4603FF, #00FF5C don't. I ask because I thought that any color with at ...
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How to make a color match with other colors in gray-scale?

I am making a document in Adobe Illustrator the problem is I want to be able to print it in both monotone and color just visible fine, however for monotone the values of each element don't match, and ...
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What is it meant by “same chroma”?

Why does smashing magazine, in this article, say the colors in this site have the same chroma? How can one find same chroma colors using HSV or HSB model? Edit: I've tried to also desaturate on ...
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Ideal range of brightness and saturation for background color of a website?

I'm developing a website and I'm thinking about the background color saturation and brightness. I've read that too saturated and bright colors would strain the eye if not immediately after a while. ...
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Creating Equal Colour Steps when Transitioning between Colours

If i have 2 HSL colours and i'll like to find the colour values in equal steps between the 2 colours, how would I go about this? Is there an equation or an online resource that would do this? ...
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Should designs for certain products have specific colours?

I'm a little bit confused about color theory and color identity for visual branding. Sometimes I face an issue like I have a job to do visual branding for a fried product, let's say in this case I'm ...