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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 determine the equivalent opaque RGB color for a given partially transparent RGB color against a white background

Use formula Y=255 - P*(255-X) where X is a RGB number, P=opacity (0...1), Y=new RGB number which should give the same appearance with 100% opacity as X gives with 100p% opacity against white ...
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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 big of a difference does IPS really make and can it be compensated?

There are many attributes that define how good a monitor is, but the most important ones for graphics work tend to be: Colour accuracy Gamut Contrast There are others (e.g. response time, refresh, ...
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Is the color scheme of Paris metro map copyright protected?

It is not possible to copyright a group of colors as far as I'm aware. It's possible to trademark colors as part of "trade dress". However, trademarks are not the same as copyrights. And even if ...
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Printing a consistent grey: is that still a challenge with comic books?

This site explains the process of coloring comics during the 60's (when the Hulk started) http://facweb.cs.depaul.edu/sgrais/comics_color.htm snip The possible combinations of these tints gave ...
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Why aren't there printers that use red-green-blue ink cartridges?

To understand why printers do not use red, green, and blue ink to reproduce color from the light spectrum, you need to research CMYK printing. I'll avoid all the additive/subtractive explanation. ...
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Why aren't there printers that use red-green-blue ink cartridges?

Actually, there already exist printing systems which let you choose your colors. In screen or offset printing you can use any existing color to print something. Now lets say we'd choose red, green ...
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Which systems are replacing the use of PMS for color control and how would one go about implementing them in branding standards?

Major brands have been moving away from using Pantone colours as a method of defining their visual brand identity for quite some time. The reason for this is that brands want (and need) absolute ...
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Why aren't there printers that use red-green-blue ink cartridges?

Introduction To understand this we need to look at the entire system. The system consists of at least 3 parts: the observers brain, light transfer to the eye and the technical system from where it ...
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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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When is it really worth it to convert RGB to CMYK (If printers do it anyway!)

The RGB gamut is larger than the CMYK gamut. It is exceptionally possible to have RGB colors which can not be reproduced via CMYK inks. Auto-conversion will use a "best guess". These guesses ...
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How do I ensure that an image with a heavy color overlay will be visible in professional print?

Most commercial printers will provide a color proof that is ostensibly a very good representation of the final output. Probably will have an additional cost attached to it, but definitely ask about it....
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Help me understand how the "RGB Colorspace Atlas" by artist Tauba Auerbach was made

The title of the article 'Tauba Auerbach’s RGB Colorspace Atlas Depicts Every Color Imaginable' is misleading. As you already said RGB is intended for screen display and not print. It is - as far as ...
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Why don't we see more of hexachrome to this day?

I know this is an old post, but it deserves some more info. The reason Hexichrome was discontinued is multi-part, but all rooted to profit. It really didn't die. It just changed form. Hexichrome ...
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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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How to determine a matching color code from a physical sample?

Get your (or borrow a) Pantone swatch book and hold it up next to the wallpaper until you find a close match.
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How to determine the equivalent opaque RGB color for a given partially transparent RGB color against a white background

I wrote a tool for this: https://github.com/igrmk/blec. For your specific case you may use it this way blec white deadbeef Last ef is the hex representation of an alpha channel. Or you may use it ...
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Do designers use different color palettes for web and print design?

Yes, You should create a brand guideline for your startup. Specify a Pantone (which will be easy to get a CMYK value from), RGB and HEX for each color swatch. Google brand guidelines or identity ...
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How do I edit my CMYK greens to output as brightly as possible?

You may remember me from "You'll never get that RGB color in CMYK!" Now, you said you wanted something darker than Cyan70 +Yellow100: You don't have much choice to darken your color and keep it ...
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Correction for color constancy?

This is a color science question not a graphics design one, I've only had a brief intro for color science (one and a half semester in Uni, but thats not enough) so I am not one to ask I'll try to ...
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How do I ensure a CMYK cyan that works in Red-Blue stereoscopic printing?

The pictures from your sample are not stereoscopic. You used the exact same picture for the left and right eye. You can not recreate a stereoscopic view from a single picture. Both pictures need a ...
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When is it really worth it to convert RGB to CMYK (If printers do it anyway!)

IMHO, the only moment necessary is when the provider needs it. And this is almost only the case when you have a "prepress" process, for example, sheetfed offset lithography, separations for ...
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Why can't I just download a premade color profile from the internet for my monitor?

Any monitor worth the buying price will have a basic ICC color profile which should be downloadable from the manufacturer's website. (True of any device that produces visual output, including printers....
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Color Differences between monitors and print

I just want to add a bit of illustration to Kurt's answer, which I think is complete (+1). When I was a kid I had a (very depressing) book about a selfish girl. She would not share her toys. In ...
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Brand Guideline Colors Don't Match Pantone

I'll try to answer with some generalities first, because the background info seems like it would help in this case. PANTONE matching ink colors can't be converted perfectly to RGB or CMYK, but there'...
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Is there any place that does gold print on black paper?

Yes places print Gold on Black. The two main methods are Foil Stamp or Metallic Ink such as one of Pantone's coated golds. Foil Stamp gives more of the embossed look. You can find comparisons of the ...
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So maybe I got the wrong printer?

You can't print 'bright' colors on uncoated stock on a desktop inkjet printer because the uncoated stock just soaks in the ink. Your sample card appears to be printed offset. Possibly using opaque ...
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What is the purpose of embedding a color profile when saving an image?

Profile is like a address in the space of color reproduction. The monitor profile tells you where your monitor is in this space. The image profile tells you where the image is in this space. In order ...
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How to convert shades of one colour (red) into seemingly equal shades of another colour (blue)?

Very easy. Open any graphics editor (or, really, any program with a good colour picker). Input the colour you have and change the picker mode to HSV. Now grab the hue control and move it to the blue ...
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