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

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How to get 10 different colors that are easily recognizable

I do have a list of 10 teams, each team has its own color. I do have to make the graphic that shows the teams with the respective color, and would need a way to find 10 colors that are "different ...
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Is there a way to get correct color mixing without posterization, working with 8 bits only? Or something better than Linear RGB color space mixing?

I'm in search of a practical and orthogonal solution that preferably: Affect any blending mode. Can produce the most correct possible additive mixing. Produce the less posterization possible on ...
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Need an indefinite amount of distinct colors, how should I pick them? [closed]

I'm working on a web application where I need a bunch of random colors that are different from each other. Just for simplicity sake, let's say I want the user to input a number. This is the amount of ...
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Use of black paint in color painting

In designing a machine to paint pictures using watercolors, a problem is that the media is usually white and watercolors are transparent making it difficult to paint dark colors. To solve this, ...
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How did Pink get associated with feminine beauty to begin with?

Women's History Month began this week, and gender equality is booming more than ever. Many brands are attempting to show support. Some of those same companies however are facing backlash over their ...
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How to argue for color choices?

I'm primarily a UX/Interaction Designer, however, since I'm working for a fairly small company I'm having to overlap to graphic and visual design. I'm fine with this however I'm having a few problems. ...
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Material Design: Should the status bar look different from the action bar?

I have often noticed that the status bar is a little darker than the action bar, is it a material design rule or a choice of the designer? Image's author: CommonsWare, from: https://stackoverflow.com/...
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Adjusting generated colors to make them more subjectively pleasant

Is there any formula or correction values for r, g, b channels, that takes into account visual perception of color and will allow me to adjust generated colors to be more pleasant while keeping them ...
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How to change the color of text to the mix of other colors (other part of image)?

I'm trying to make a text like this one here in Photoshop and i have no idea how to do that. If this a big question, just give me a subject to search about it. Thanks!
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Mixing cmyk colours [closed]

I have a cmyk colour of 0,40,50,0 I want to change the magenta value, the 40%, to redder colour 0,67,70,28 And see what the resulting CMYK colour is. How I can go about doing this?
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Why does an almost solid line appear in this image?

I am learning how to use python's pillow library to produce images, and for a test I made it produce a 256*256 RGB image with each pixels green value equal to its x position and its blue value equal ...
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CMYK colors dont add up to 100% ? Whats the trick to mix a color?

I have a formula for mixing a CMYK-OGV color that I want its C:0,M:16,Y:0,K:0,O:0,G:0,V:0. I got my formula from the Pantone CMYK Extended Gamut guide that was created to create Pantone shades using ...
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What is the underlying pattern in the “oxygen colors” palette?

One of the built-in color palettes in Okular is "Oxygen Colors". Looking at subsequent HSV/RGB/HEX values I didn't notice an obvious pattern. I was wondering what is the underlying pattern in this ...
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How to come up with color palette for a game

I am trying to come up with a color palette for my game. The game is similar to Hearthstone (trading card game). I have broken down the requirement to 3 palettes ... 1. Palette for background elements....
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How can I create a color palette with the same saturation levels as a particular color? [duplicate]

Say I have #FF3154 (as red). How could I come up with palette in which all the colors (different hue, as in orange, yellow, blue, etc...) are in harmony with that specific red, that is, all share the ...
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Algorithmic heuristic for whether white text is unsuitable for a given background

I'm aware that manual selection based on human judgement will always trump a heuristic algorithm for things like this... unfortunately that's not really an option. :) So given a certain background ...
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Making semi-transparent colors on top of solid colors just like any other solid color

Is possible to have a semi transparent box on top of a another box that have solid color has the same solid color that i want? Is there any formula like this? (0.5 opacity color) + another solid ...
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Two-dimensional divergent color scheme?

I have some data I want to represent on a choropleth. It's a divergent data vector, but the data has an additional dimension that is a 2-value factor. Some states are "yes", some are "no". I'd like to ...
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User Input Color Restrictions

What is an appropriate restriction to place on a color gamut for user defined colors? I am helping build a website that will offer organizations to create their own pages. We want to allow them the ...
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How to choose the right color shades/tints for branding? - Part 2

I sincerely apologise for the duplicate question. I'm not sure how to add to the discussion on the original, and I don't have enough reputation to leave comments. Here is the original question: How ...
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What is the best shade of grey for hovering over black? [closed]

What is the best shade of grey for hovering over black in a Middle-age-themed website. Preferably, answer with the exact 16-bit name.
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Trying to find the perfect color for a readable font with a difficult multicolored background

Trying to find the right color font that can be seen with this background image. Our color profiles is red, yellow, and black but if these will not work whats a good alternative? The image with the ...
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Are there any colors besides black that will work with the tetris palette?

The palette consists of blue, green, purple, red, orange, yellow, and cyan. I've been trying to generate background colors based on the most prevalent color on the play field but it doesn't look very ...
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How do you find an inverse colour?

In printing, CMY are the inverse colours of RGB (possibly not in the right order!) and in light a colour negative is made up of the inverse colours of what was projected onto it. How exactly do you ...
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How do you choose 'light' and 'dark' shades in Google Material Design

From the Material Design docs: To create contrast between elements, you can use lighter or darker tones of your primary color. The contrast between lighter and darker tones helps show division ...
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How to use color palette for Ux and UI design?

I am totally newbie in graphic design which from Mobile development.I recently take a look at UX design for mobile. I see the material design guideline in Google Material Design Guideline.But I have ...
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Should designers use different color palettes between two separate apps under the same brand?

I am doing design work for an app that serves two different purposes, one part is for permanent users and the other is for temporary users but the apps are under the same brand. The permanent users ...
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How to choose font color against yellow background?

There are similar questions like this and this. However, this question is different because of different design constraints. This is the interface for our game. When the user solves a word, we show ...
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A tool to create a color scheme for printing [duplicate]

I'd like to have a color scheme for printing plots, that would look 'nice'. So, I need as set of, say, 10 easily distinguishable colors that would stay different when printed. If I use only four CMYK ...
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Number of colour palettes when branding a company

Context I'm creating the branding for a company. The company's main product is a web portal where customers have a collection of functionalities. For the portal I'm using a lot of soft colours to ...
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Confused over hue, saturation,luminosity [duplicate]

I am trying to make sense of luminosity, hue, saturation and color. I read this online: Hue, saturation and value together make a color. But hue is also the term for pure colors like red, green, ...
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How to decide on a color pallet for an application? [closed]

How does one decide which color pallet to associate with an application? How do you make color communicate tone of app? Deciding one color is easy: say gray for serious enterprise theme. But how ...
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Core color theory books books for UI/UX specialist

I'm a newbie at design. I'm a front-end developer mostly working at tech issues rather than business or design. I really want to get some useful knowledge in this field to help my team to build better ...
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How to use colour scheme and select colours for web

Some of the clients have very bad logo colours, which are nightmares to develop or design websites for these kind of clients. Also, some of them have a good shapes design, but still the colours are ...
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How come Facebook's logotype is blue?

Why is Facebook's logotype blue? Was there any special reasons for blue being choosen as the color of Facebook? What's the history behind it?
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Is D50/2 or D50/10 more typically used in graphic arts?

I was given some LAB measurements of color samples. The LAB measurements came with a statement that the illuminant is D50, but no specification of what standard observer was assumed (it would be ...
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Is there a standard for color wheels?

I am aware of two common types of color wheels - RYB and RGB, but it seems that even two wheels of the same type can look different in different software. Let's take two popular online services, ...
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Most discernible text colors on printed white paper

For a paper I am writing, I need to annotate pieces of text with a color. Apart from black, I need four easily discernible colors of which one should be blue(ish) and one should be red(ish). The text ...
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Are the primary colors (red, green, and blue) the most contrasting colors?

According to the color theory, two complementary colors are the most distant ones on the color wheel and own a high contrast, e.g., Red and Green. For the primary colors, Red and Green are ...
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Background for bright orange button

I am designing UI/UX for a mobile app. The brand identity is using this bright orange color so I made the button look like this: But I don't know which background color to use for this button. and I ...
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Generating a series of colors between two colors

Given a start color and an end color, is it possible to algorithmically generate a range of colors between them? For example, given the light and dark shades of blue/gray at the start and end of the ...
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Books on color science

I am not sure whether this is the right place to ask, but I'm currently working on an automatic color scheme creating tool and the only sources I have found on this topic are very loosely tied with ...
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Given a white background, and black or grey text, is there a formula to find a link color with good contrast?

The WCAG guidelines set the following requirements for text/link/background contrast: A 4.5:1 contrast between the non-link text color and the background. A 4.5:1 contrast between the link text color ...
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How much each color plays in contributing in the determination of the overall brightness in hex notation [closed]

What color does it has the most light component between #010101 or just #000001?? edit For brightness I mean the nearness to the white (nearest to FF in hex). At the time of the question I wanted ...
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How to create color scheme from two colors?

Are there any tools for creating a color scheme based on two specific colors (or resources that explain the technique/intuition behind it), since the only ones I have found are based around creating a ...
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Mathematical approach to color schemes

I am trying to implement a program that will classify the color scheme of the image based on the dominant colors. Example: I am using machine learning tools but I wonder whether there is a ...
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Dominant color vs primary color vs prominent color of an image?

What is the difference between the primary color of an image, dominant color of an image, and the most prominent color in an image? Is the primary color and the most prominent color (most frequent ...
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Why is the W3C contrast score recommending hard-to-read text?

Here are two buttons. When I measure them with the W3C contrast score, the black text has a much better score, meaning it should be easier to read. But, to my eyes, the button with white text is ...
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Besides RGB, are there any other additive colour mixing models?

Are there any additive colour mixing models that uses primary colours different than red, green, and blue?
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Selecting the exact color

I'm trying to be an expert for choosing colors and combining colors. So I found a tutorial making schools sets icons and for a start, I am making a pencil but I'm not going to follow the same exact ...