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

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Color scheme for three different goals

I want to preface this by stating that I am in no way an expert in design or colors and their meanings. I am looking for three colors, each of which have a different meaning and goal associated with ...
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How can we see the real “Near-Cyan”

On my computer screen and your computer screen lies a "Near-Cyan" rectangle (100,250,255). Considering the number of hardware buttons on my computer and your computer and the number of software ...
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Colors for a diagram with unknown number of categories

I have to draw a diagram for dynamic data. Each category should have a different color, but I don't know how many categories the diagram is going to show. I expect this number typically to be between ...
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Would combining light and dark overlay keep the image the same?

If you have an image, and you added an overlay of a semi-transparent white, e.g. rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.3) in CSS, you get a slightly lighter version of the image. My question is, if you add another ...
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Color group for lavender

I have to group the colors in as few groups as possible. For example, I would group gold and khaki under yellow. In which group should I put lavender? My color groups are the following: Pink Red ...
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Is it fair to use accent colors to borders in material design?

I'm trying to create a widget styles in dashboard design.is it fair to use accent colors to borders instead of background color.when i try to use as bachground color it doesnt compliment the other ...
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How are color palettes used in Web Design?

I am working on theme admin interface and introducing a color palette switcher. For starters admin has 5 colors in the palette. All color pickers used in the theme have the option to pick from ...
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What are the pros and cons of using Lab color?

I often see suggestions of converting an image to the Lab color model when editing images in, for example, Photoshop. What are the pros and cons of doing this? Are there specific functions or tasks ...
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What makes a flat color: “flat”? [duplicate]

What kind of calculations are there are behind 'flat' colors? Where I can start to choose them effectively? What are the properties? I found this article on color theory. It's great but I'd like to ...
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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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Why do I see 3 different values for 75% white?

Why do I see 3 values for 75% of white? Same for 50% and many other values. Yes there is a difference between each other, #C0C0C0 is (192, 192, 192), #BEBEBE is (190, 190, 190), #BFBFBF is (191, 191, ...
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What are the shades of green?

I am working on a software project where I need to display only the shades of the primary colors. Using RGB, how would the shades of any color be defined? For example, with higher values of green (255)...
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Transformation between the hue color wheel and Itten's color wheel

Unfortunately, the hue color wheel does not correspond to human visual perception: Equal differences of the hue angle are perceived as different color differences. E.g. yellow takes only a small range ...
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Correction for color constancy? [duplicate]

Many are familiar with this popular illusion where a single shade of color appears to be two different shades, depending on what color surrounds it The orange dots in the image are actually the same ...
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Why color grade with limited green such as in Stranger Things?

The phenomenal Netflix original Stranger Things does almost everything for a very specific reason. If you watch closely like I do you may have noticed the color grading. Greens are very limited in the ...
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How to choose the right color shades/tints for branding?

I’ve read a lot about color theoretical methods to pick a harmonic color palette (e.g. for branding), but I always wondered how to pick the corresponding shades and tints (see Google’s material design ...
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How to predict new overlapping color in Adobe Illustrator?

The following image has three circles of RGB Red, Blue and Green on a White Background. Each one has 50% opacity. The stacking order is green, blue and red. The overlapping areas have tints of dark ...
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What is the difference between 'Scale Tints' and 'Tints and Shades'?

In Adobe Illustrator, in the 'Recolor Artwork' dialog box, what is the difference between 'Scale Tints' and 'Tints and Shades'? As far as I understand, a tint of a color is white added to it and a ...
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Highlights and Shadows with Equal Weight

I'm creating isometric buildings in Inkscape. Each building has a base color. To account for lighting, the top of each building has a highlight, the left side has the base color, and the right side ...
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How to pick reverse/inverted colours for logo variations?

It is typical in logo design that an inverted/reversed version of the logo is provided in order to cater for use on opposing (darker/lighter) background than the normal predominant logo colour. Is ...
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I have a bunch of colorants, what are the properties I need to know about them to predict the LAB values of the resultant mixture?

Let's say I have a bunch of colorants/paints in liquid form and my job is to mix them together. After mixing, I will have to take a sample, spray-paint it on a metal substrate, dry it, and then ...
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Who first discovered CMYK?

It has been used for colour printing for many, many years, but who (and when) first discovered that a bright pink colour (magenta), a light blue (cyan), yellow and black can be mixed to create almost ...
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Distinct palette for translucent markers over greyscale image?

I'm trying to choose a discrete set of 10+ "cold" to "hot" colors to be used by translucent markers/icons displayed over a continuous tone grey scale image where each step is clearly different it's ...
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Why do dark shades of green and teal feel “muddy?”

I'm trying to articulate why I prefer dark shades of blue in an interface over dark shades of teal, especially since the color is on a dark gray background. To me, dark green feels "muddy" and hard to ...
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Is it possible to make a color sequence pattern using a loop statement

I recently played Stack from Ketchapp Studios on my android phone. I really liked the concept. And then, I came up with a question. How would these guys make the transition in color of the cubes using ...
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Implying the ability to move a slider in my app's menu

Firstly I don't think I'm asking this in the right place, but Graphic design is the art and practice of planning and projecting ideas and experiences with visual and textual content. So my question ...
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How to test if a specific color is harmonious within a new color pallete

I'm trying to harmonize colors, I understand the basic theory, but when it comes to a complex palette, like for branding, website and multiple applications, how can I test if a color is out of the ...
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Selecting colors suitable for color, greyscale, and black/white printing

I'm developing technical graphics for a printed/online scientific publication using Adobe Illustrator CS5. I am trying to select a color palette that is pleasant when viewed in color and whose colors ...
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What is the optimal contrast ratio for best readability?

According to the W3C (and another question on this site), the contrast ratio between body text and text background should be at least 7:1 for good legibility. Google takes this up in their typography ...
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What are common attributes to psychadelic designs?

I am looking for color combinations and effects which give us the feeling of something "psychedelic." Sometimes there are the color combinations, sometimes the objects relations - some shadows create ...
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Should I pick fonts or colors first for my design? [closed]

I always struggle to choose what to pick first, fonts or colors? This applies to website, brochures, pretty much anything that uses both. Any advice on this? Couldn't find anything on Google...!
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Is there a clean way to use primary colors as a partial background in a book cover?

A lot of UI guides advise against using primary colors as a background for text. I'm in the process of designing covers for a series of 4 books, and I thought it would be good to have a band across ...
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Coloring 3 menu bars

I'm trying to design my own website and i choosed content background color light grey an items white to focus attention but I'm having hard time to find best colors for 3-bar-menu. Top menu bar is ...
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Highest contrast colour for annotation of greyscale image

When making figures for research papers I often have to do line annotations on greyscale images, such as the example below: The problem, as can be seen in the image, is that a colour that has high ...
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Are there contrasting onion skin colors that you use?

I'm working on an app and I have two images. One is the reference image and the other is the image produced in production (it's the layout created in HTML if you must know). To make sure that my ...
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How to call a genre of art with perfectionistic figures? [closed]

I really like a good combination of clear and harmonic colors and figures. For example, figures can be like in the pictures shown below: ... or in these other two links
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Which is the best website to choose the best Background and Foreground colors? [duplicate]

I am building a Flat color based website and am having trouble choosing the color scheme. I need a background color (section background) and a foreground color (element background). The element, in ...
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How to find four equally contrasting colours that are appealing to the eye?

I have a plot for a scientific argument I'm trying to make. There are four colours that should be (roughly) equally contrasting with two others. ie, if the colours are A-D, then A and B should be ...
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Companion colormap for text highlight color

Edit: I am looking for resources (articles, books, posts) which study the choice of a single color to highlight text and a sequential color for two and three dimensional plots such that both are ...
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How can I create a colour scheme based on two specific, adjacent(ish) colours?

I'm helping a friend to produce his website. He's supplied his logo and a flyer that he's used, which use the colour scheme he's opted for - green, blue and white. The specific colour values for the ...
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Material Design Colors fit [closed]

I am trying to do applications in material design style but it is not always has best colour palette. I have this screen and this bottom buttons colour really bothers me because it is hard to see ...
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How to pick and differentiate a flat color?

When I am using Color Picker in Photoshop or Illustrator I am unable to get a Flat color. What are the things or basic points that I should keep in mind so that I am able to judge a color whether it ...
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Why are white digital fonts composed of more colors than white? [duplicate]

I know that colors are comprised of many other colors that can't be directly seen. But white? I thought white was just white. How come a combination of blue, yellow and red are not only are invisible ...
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Choosing colours for type in web design

This is something that I've struggled with for a while now and I really want to correct it. Whenever I create a web design I use a colour pallete of 2 or 3 contrasting colours normally for things ...
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Picking the right “white” to suit a theme [duplicate]

When you take a photo of a white object, it's never actually #FFFFFF white. It will have a greenish tint if you take the photo outside, or orangeish in sunlight. Let's say I have a theme for an app ...
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Representative color of Software Development [closed]

What are the base colors for software development companies? I mean, when creating a website, a logo, flyers, etc... everything related to branding, and things like that, what are the colors that best ...
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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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Simulate Reading Mode on webpage

Latest UPDATE : After days of searching without a single conclusive (not even close) option or study regarding the topic I decided to create my own survey to narrow it down. This survey is only for ...
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Regular colors vs Muted colors

What are muted colors? How do I create muted colours? How do I convert standard colors to muted colors? Why do muted colours look the way they do? Why are they different? Here is a bunch of colors ...
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Is there an affordable alternative Uncoated CMYK guide to Pantone's colour formula books?

Looking for a reliable CMYK uncoated colour guide book. Pantone is a little expensive (especially for design graduates), in my opinion. Is there an alternative with ICC profile and stock details ...