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Questions about colors, different color space, RGB or CMYK color model, transparent color, using or changing colors.

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How to find a good background color for a 2-color logo

I'm putting together a small flier for my company. I am adjusting a template that I purchased on the web to suit my needs. My logo has 2 colors: blue #263B79, which is the main one, and orange #...
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Is there a metric for “apparent” chroma?

I'm not sure this is the right place to ask, but is anyone aware of a metric for apparent chroma? Now I understand that "chroma" and "chrominance" are very overloaded terms, so to clarify, I ...
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Do not overprint black text over metallic Pantone colors

I just read a good book on DTP. The author stated that one should not overprint black text over metallic spot colours. Unfortunately he doesn't explain this further. I would like to ask why not ...
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RGB Vs CMYK : Deciphering gradient transitions in different colour modes

This issue may be related to Photoshop or to colour modes in general but this is what I am trying to figure out. The image below is from a CMYK file with two layers. It has two duo colour gradients. ...
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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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What shade of light grey can be seen on 99% of monitors?

I'm working from a design where the grey shade F0F0F0 is used as a subtle contrast on list items to lift them from the pure white background, eg: I have a two monitor setup, and on one monitor, I can ...
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Perception and color theory

I'm making a custom keyboard and want it to look nice, and like Apple's, without actually copying pixels. I did a bunch of work on creating keys and the background, only to be amazed once again by ...
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Looking for methods of showing text or logos on same coloured backgrounds

I need to keep the logo/ text the same colour as shown. The problem is that part of the logo is the same colour as the background it's going to be placed on. I'm running out of ideas to try and show ...
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How can I easily swap colors / swap channels in Photoshop?

Back before I could afford a Mac I used a PC (when Windows XP ruled the earth). At that time I couldn't afford Photoshop either. So I had a WinXP box with Irfanview installed - and I thought that was ...
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Why do I have to use a gamma of 2.2 when using a JPEG picture?

During the rendering process, the texture file has a gamma of 2.2. But the plain colors do not need this gamma correction, especially if the RGB values are from a spectral characterization. So why do ...
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How can I find out what RGB colors a website uses?

I want to learn the RGB (or others like hex, CMYK or HSL) details of a color on a website. Say the background of this very website. I want to recreate that color using the code or a graphics software.
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What color swatch to use for cut lines?

I'm designing some signage that will be printed and cut with a CNC machine. What would be the best color swatch to use for the lines that should be cut?
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How do I create a circle graphic pattern in Illustrator?

How is a multiple circle pattern like this created in Illustrator? How can I create the circles with cut outs and then filled with color? I started by making a bunch of circles one on top another, ...
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Matching CMYK photo with Pantone colour

I have a product photo from a client to include in their flyer. I'm trying to get it so that it blends in with the green background (which is a Pantone) Here you can see how the doc looks in InDesign ...
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Halo around coloured glass bottle

I have a product picture of a bottle which I need to cut out... I've created a clipping path and a mask to cut out but I have an awkward greyish halo that makes it look awful when put on a dark ...
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Export Adobe Photoshop color table (.ACT) file as csv file

How do I export Adobe Photoshop color table (.ACT) files as csv files?
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Alpha for node markers in Inkscape

I try to create a SVG containing a an arrow which is supposed to have the color RGBA 00000086 so it is not completely opaque. Unfortunately, it looks like this: If I set the color (both contour and ...
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How to ensure color fidelity of the same file on two computers?

What is the safest way to ensure that raster image exported from illustrator will be displayed correctly (in term of color fidelity) on another computer ? I know that there will always be some inter-...
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Is there a way to make Adjustment Layers ignore certain layers?

Is it possible to insert a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer at the top of all layers - but make it so that chosen layers are not affected by it? Can it be done without altering positions? (Ie. moving ...
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A term for a color used sparingly

I am helping edit some text that an artist wrote about his work. He is discussing the limited color palette, and he used the term 'spot colors'. I clarified with the artist that he does not mean a ...
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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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How accurate is pantone conversion in Illustrator and how should I send “Pantone References” asked by the printer?

I've been hired to do a big campaign that requires all sorts of permutations of an Illustrator design. Most recently, I was asked to make a banner. The printer wants my Illustrator file (no pdf) in ...
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Is there a difference between tinting K100 black and using a lower K value?

I just finished laying out a book that’s to be printed as 1+1. For table headers and a few other things, I used a light grey. Now, for some reason (not sure why), I just realised I’ve defined all ...
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What benefits are there to workflows using Images at 32-bits per channel?

To be clear, I'm referring to images that have a color depth of 32-bits per channel. Has anyone ever used images this large in a workflow – other than as RAW files directly from a camera? If so, why ...
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Systemetic way to choose a good red & green color for dark grey background

I'm don't have any Graphic Design background. I'm a programmer. Recently, I tried to port my holo light themed app, to holo dark themed app. For holo dark themed, the dark grey background being use ...
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Converting a full colour vector to a single outline vector

Im looking to convert a full colour vector image into pretty much a line drawing with no fill. I use illustrator CS6. I have tried the Edit> Edit Colours> Recolour Artwork. However, when I'm done it ...
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How do you tint/lighten a color in Sketch?

I can't figure out how to simply add white to a color in Sketch. In Illustrator this is as simple as making it a spot color and dragging the slider in the Color panel, but Sketch only lets you adjust ...
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What's the name for images like these?

I'm trying to figure out the name for, or a collection of, the kinds of images that "fade-into" a solid color. For example, twitter has this image: This allows them to add a background image that ...
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Illustrator color picker fails to detect a web color

I opened a new document in Adobe Illustrator CS5, which defaults to CMYK as a color mode. I imported a raster image, used LiveTrace with 6 grayscale colors, expanded, and saved as SVG, which changed ...
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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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Color Value Shortcut

So I am looking for a special shortcut or plugin (in either Illustrator or Photoshop) to select a color and export a text version of the color values. For example... I select a green color, then ...
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Print deep blacks in CMYK photo magazine

I am very much a novice when it comes to working with printing and colour values and I am using InDesign for the first time. I am working on an all black and white photographic magazine, which will ...
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Create a custom font with multi colours [closed]

I'm looking to crate a custom font. The font has 2 colours - a coloured fill and a different coloured hard edge shadow. Is this possible and how?
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InDesign: which CMYK color space to use

I have not given this too much thought until recently, when a bit of a back and forth happened with a client. So, when I start a new document in InDesign, for CMYK print, how to I know how to setup ...
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Colors change in Photoshop when copying a selection from one document into a new document

I'm trying to copy a particular layer out of a Photoshop document into its own new document and export it for use on the web. I'm doing this by right-clicking the layer in the layers palette, ...
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Batch replace image color

I have plenty of images made up with the same color, just like those: Now what I want is to change their "main" color from "#3d507d" to "#7C0A0A". I tried to do that by changing the "hue/...
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Is there any low cost way to Calibrate my display?

I'm using Apple cinema display model number A1316 27 inches. I think it is from 2010. I'm making User Interface for mobile app and we also plan to make some marketing collateral (some printed ...
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Considerations for a producing a multi-color logo

I'm working on a logo where the client ask that I incorporate additional colors. I currently have a two color logo, orange and green, and they want the orange to transform into the red. This makes ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Is there a way to set the image-trace palette limit to a number over 30?

I'm trying to perform an image-trace on a bitmap artwork. The vector result will then be cut into glass, and I need to have exactly 60 colors, since we only have 60 colors of glass. Is there a way to ...
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How to check for 4-Color Black?

I routinely work files in InDesign(a lot of the artwork is linked), which to my knowledge does not have the ability to preflight 4-color black. I've not had any luck in Acrobat pro either. I save my ...
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Why is my character lost in the background?

I am designing and developing a 2D-platformer and I'm having trouble with the look and feel of the game. The game is about an inventor who is kidnapped for warfare. Theme: Childish but sad. There are ...
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Strategies for picking good colour palettes?

I'm new to web design. I learned the basic stuff like layout, contrasts, the difference between RGB and CMYK, etc., but I struggle to apply this well in practice: Picking good colours that work well ...
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Identifying HTML colour codes placed in one pixel

How many colours at once can one pixel contain? Is there a tool that can represent this pixel in a form of HTML colour codes? (And if there are many colours in this pixel, can this tool show the order ...
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Drawing attention to this banner by using color

I am working on a banner for a startup to be displayed at events. However, I am struggling with supporting colours at the moment. The entire thing looks very dark, and I wonder if it does the job of ...
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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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Is this calligraphy style working for my brand?

I would like to know if the calligraphy style signature looks good and if the type face for miss graphics compliments it. Also, which colour scheme looks best. Thank you :) Miss here means mr. mrs. ...
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How to count colors in an image or series of images?

Perhaps this question is too technical for this subsite, if so, please relocate it to a better spot. I'm doing some research on colors where I need to figure out how common colors are. The end result ...
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How to choose a good color palette that is easy for the eyes, yet convey the deepness of the topic?

This is the map of all topics my project discusses: Click for full screen. SVG file Here are the feedback of the viewers: Person 1: The color is painful to the eyes Person 2: The graphic is quite ...
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Do I need the Pantone Solid Coated Guide if I have Color Bridge Coated Guide?

I need a Solid Coated Pantone Guide. If I buy the Coated Color Bridge, does that have all the solid swatches (PMS) in addition to the CMYK equivalent? i.e. Would it be redundant to buy the regular ...
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Illustrator: creating two colour-wheel-like objects out of 23 circles/discs

So what I'm trying to do is make 23 circles in the same style as the image below, but in two concentric rings instead of one big one. The circles should be the same size and also arranged in a ...