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Methods for improving color choice and combinations?

This might not answer your question completely, but as part of my workflow, I use this technique sometimes. When trying to pick a colour palette (at the very beginning of the creative process), I try ...
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Generate colorful streamline pattern (using FOSS)

This is for GIMP Start with something like an A5 canvas size Create a new brush like this Create a new Paint Dynamic preset, and set the matrix as follows Increase the size of the brush as you like,...
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Methods for improving color choice and combinations?

This actually sounds like a question more about creativity and getting out of a comfort-zone than about technique but I will answer the technical side. How do you determine what colors work well ...
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In what cases should I pay attention to my design's colour scheme when presenting it? When I do, what is a good way to do so?

I would judge by the company and its existence. If the company is a well established brand, like Coke Cola, Pepsi, Red Bull then an expectation of the brand's color scheme would be expected in your ...
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Generate colorful streamline pattern (using FOSS)

Here' my approach for Gimp: Used an interesting photo with colours I liked Source: Wikimedia - New York Times Square Chose a region of interest from this photo Increased saturation, contrast, and (...
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Is giving attribution for using color compulsory?

It is not possible to copyright a color or even a combination of colors. It is possible to copyright the way a palette is presented. i.e. the images on that web site are copyrighted, not the colors ...
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How to argue for color choices?

Color Theory is a really vast area of expertise; I had entire classes on that subject alone when studying Creative arts and Graphic design. To give you the short answer, there are 2 things you should ...
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Methods for improving color choice and combinations?

When I pick a color palette I narrow my selection to a max of 3-5 colors but I expand on those colors. For example, I usually run a script in Illustrator that will allow me to place each color in its ...
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Why has my Photoshop Colour pallette gone so colourful?

You have the Blue (B) modifier activated. Switch it back to Hue (H) for the familiar default. The purpose of these is to allow you to modify the individual components and (H, S, B, R, G, B, L a, or b)...
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Methods for improving color choice and combinations?

There's an art to it In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is — as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art. // Josef Albers Color theory is ...
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Regular colors vs Muted colors

There's no exact value that says, "this is muted" but "this is not muted." If I were to come up with one on the spot as a general starting point I'd say use the HSB color spectrum and lower your ...
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What is the process for creating a color palette like this?

I think your initial process for trying to analyse this colour palette was inherently flawed since it seems to assume that selecting and using colour schemes is generally model based. As others have ...
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How to edit palette in an indexed image in GIMP 2.8?

In GIMP 2.8 for an indexed image you can use the Colormap dialog, which is very simple to activate (see the provided link): In this dialog the entire palette is shown and you can edit each color by ...
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Methods for improving color choice and combinations?

Colour Psychology Colours mean different things to different people. It's caused by the fact that we all live different lives, with different outlooks, and that we're all unique. Some say the beauty ...
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What is the process for creating a color palette like this?

It is arbitrary. Color selection is like any design process. Yes, there are some predefined methods which may work well for many, many things. But there's no rule, law, or statute which states you ...
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How to argue for color choices?

My question to you: Why is your color palette better (or good)? I'm not meaning to imply that it's not. Your design may be objectively better for a number of reasons: better match existing branding ...
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Generate palette from image

Some basic Python knowledge and a quick look at pyPNG Code Examples quickly lead to this: import png import sys def makeRamp (input_name, output_name): source = png.Reader(input_name) width, ...
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Methods for improving color choice and combinations?

An interesting concept I first learned about on a male fashion advice page is to pick color combinations that occur in nature. For example, browns, light greens, and dark greens (forest); grays, light ...
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Methods for improving color choice and combinations?

I have struggled with this topic throughout my career. I really admire designers who are gifted when it comes to color. I have a dribbble bucket devoted just to color palettes that I admire. Text ...
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Creating a palette from two *intermediate* colors

Do 3 transitions, and discard the colours you don't need. For the sake of an example, here I have chosen MidnightBlue at one end, and a Yellow colour for the other transitions at either side:
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Why is my version of Gimp missing the palette to gradient tool?

On recent Ubuntu (since 18.04 at least, may be earlier) they made the Python support in Gimp optional. You can tell if your Gimp has Python support by looking at the bottom of the Filters menu that ...
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How to choose a good color palette that is easy for the eyes, yet convey the deepness of the topic?

All that coloring scheme is distracting and you need to keep people's focus on the content, not the random candy rainbow thing. Reduce the color scheme to a single color, in my example below, 8% of &...
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How to choose a good color palette that is easy for the eyes, yet convey the deepness of the topic?

My two cents. A. Keep the palette monochromatic unless you want some other meaning than "Deep". You could use any color, but normally, a warm color will give you the additional meaning of &...
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In what cases should I pay attention to my design's colour scheme when presenting it? When I do, what is a good way to do so?

If it is not a Branding Color Scheme, I don't think the customer should know what colors you are using. but you can present the colors you use in an applicable way, not just dummy colors block beside ...
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In what cases should I pay attention to my design's colour scheme when presenting it? When I do, what is a good way to do so?

I have also been met with looks of bewilderment or incomprehension in the past, and to combat this I now include a style guide which elaborates either on the use of existing color standards or new ...
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How to choose the right color shades/tints for branding?

This is exactly what the HSB colour model is for. HSB splits the colour into the values Hue (H), or colour type; Saturation (S), or (inverse) amount of white in the colour; and Brightness (B), (...
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How to find the nearest color from a list of 9 in Photoshop?

Because the nearest color isn't universally accepted concept, I give my own formula. The problematic color is in the bottom layer and the palette is above it. The palette layer has blending mode = ...
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