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How does one generate a palette similar to the ones in Google's material design?

I made this little CSS3/AngularJS tool for a project to generate Material Colors palettes. You can enter your 500 hex color and use an external tool like ColorZilla to get the color values from there. ...
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How are the publishers able to print book covers in neon colors?

Simply they do not print with CMYK, instead they use spot colors. Spot colors are pre mixed inks and require a printer to print with one more ink. Its a bit like going to a paint shop and ask for a ...
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How to make my logo color look the same in Web & Print?

here is the technical answer Saying that the color is #dd0017 is meaningless, unless it is paired with information about what color space you are using! Therefore also conversion from #dd0017 to CMYK ...
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How to convert color images to black & white in GIMP?

There are several ways of doing it in GIMP, and it depends on the end-result you want. From your question, one can't know if your desired result is really a "black and white" (only) image, or a ...
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When designing a website, how do I know how users see the colors?

Short answer: you don't. Longer answer: it's literally impossible to take into account all screen settings and calibrations, circumstances and visual (dis)abilities of viewers. That is why there are ...
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Why is Photoshop changing my CMYK numbers?

You have "Only Web Colors" selected. Turn that off as its essentially irrelevant on modern computers. It's trying to figure out how to best represent 50% K in a vastly reduced RGB palette known as Web ...
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How does one generate a palette similar to the ones in Google's material design?

The google palettes are monochromatic. Which keeps the same RGB ratio shifting the Lightness and saturation up or down. To do this you have to convert the RGB value to HSL representation (Hue, ...
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How do I ensure a CMYK cyan that works in Red-Blue stereoscopic printing?

Sadly, these very saturated colors can't be reproduced in CMYK. You could try to make the image in CMYK mode, where you make sure that the red is CMYK(0, 100, 100, 0) and the cyan is CMYK(100, 0, 0, ...
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How are the publishers able to print book covers in neon colors?

There is a lot to unpack here. An illustrator made a beautiful cover for me in neon, but when we converted the cover from RGB to CMYK what was neon became matte. No. He did a beautiful cover for you....
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Photoshop automatically corrects my color

... if I try to assign a text the color #00FFFF it automatically sets it to #6FCCDC instead of converting it to CMYK. It is converting it to CMYK... CMYK and RGB have a different gamut, so ...
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I select a color in Photoshop and it's painting another one

Set the tool's blend mode to Normal before painting with it.
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Is there a loss of quality when converting RGB to HEX?

As Billy Kerr wrote, Hex is not a colour space, but a numerical system such as the decimal system, but with base 16. The differences you notice are probably caused by different RGB colour spaces (such ...
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How do I convert an RGB black and white photograph to just CMYK black

Open your file into Photoshop, open the channels panel, you will notice that the black and white areas are presented in all RGB channels. Go to Edit > Convent Profile. In the convert to profile ...
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How do Pantone coated and uncoated colors relate?

You're pretty much spot on, they are formulated differently for the different papers. Uncoated is a more matte finish whereas coated is for glossier finishes, although in part that is down to coated ...
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How to convert RGB colors into CMYK (real paint colors)?

Converting to CMYK won't help you unless you find CMYK specific paint, which I'm not sure exists. Commerical paint manufacturers use a variety of non-standardized ways of expressing colour - so try ...
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Is there a loss of quality when converting RGB to HEX?

I will only complement the other answers. RGB to HEX will give you the same exact color. RGBA to HEX, will not because we do not even know what is beneath the color. If you put another color the ...
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How to change all pixels in Gimp that are not one of two colors to white?

Are you sure you need the GIF format? PNG would allow smooth edges with transparency. To edit the output colors you should first set your color mode to Indexed (Image > Mode > Indexed). For the ...
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How do I ensure a CMYK cyan that works in Red-Blue stereoscopic printing?

If you MUST use Cyan and you want something around RGB saturation then you need to work with paper. There are some that reacts very well to certain paints and give them extra boost. They are also ...
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Should I use Hex or RGBA when designing a website?

The browser doesn't really care which format the color is in, performance is negligible. As such, I'll focus on the decision's effects on the developer(s) and the use cases. A lot of developers find ...
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Is there a way to change the color of a .png object using Adobe Illustrator?

Note that a PNG in Illustrator is seen as one object. There is no mechanism to allow a user to color individual pieces of a PNG within Illustrator. You could use Image Trace to convert your PNG to ...
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How can I change a multi-coloured logo into a single colour logo in Photoshop?

For examples like the one in your question, you can use a Solid Color layer with a blending mode. Open the image in Photoshop. In the Layers panel, select the circular icon at the bottom to Create ...
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Text over background colored getting a weird yellow border

It's caused by anti-aliasing, used by Illustrator to display graphics without pixelated edges. However, anti-aliasing causes display artefacts when two colours butt up against each other. The problem ...
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How to make my logo color look the same in Web & Print?

Matching colours between screen and print is a complex and sometimes impossible task. Due to the nature of light (Screens, RGB) versus ink (CMYK, Pantones, etc) and the fact that pretty much every ...
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Photoshop: how to change from RGB to CMYK without any color loss

No, you can't expect RGB colors to translate exactly to CMYK for printing. Monitors make colors with light. Light can be any intensity. Ink is made of solid physical colors from things like rocks, ...
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How to convert RGB colors into CMYK (real paint colors)?

Real color is a quite complex subject. In essence color is something that happens somewhere between your cornea and brain. Simplifying this a bit color is what you sense when some photons interact ...
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How to convert RGB colors into CMYK (real paint colors)?

RGB is an additive color model using light directly from its source before it is reflected off of an object. In essence, you start in darkness and because you are directly viewing the light source, ...
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How to make a smooth PMS gradient transition in Illustrator

I had exactly the same problem you have, with almost the same colours: two blues. My solution was very similar to what Scott suggested in his answer but, (instead of overprinting one gradient on the ...
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Convert to four hues while preserving values/brightness in Photoshop

As others have pointed out, the logic of this question is a bit flawed, but very interesting nonetheless. My answer is mostly based on RGB/HSB math and I admit that there are many questionable aspects ...
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How to create a "painting by number" picture in photoshop?

This will be hard work in Photoshop, but fairly straightforward if you have access to Adobe Illustrator... In Illustrator, you can use the Image Trace function to turn an image into paths. This used ...
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