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Color Use and Theory

  April 03, 2003  

easyRGB

This site is another great color resource, including tools for color matching, color harmony, searches for colors by name in popular color collections, color calculations in different spaces, and monitor calibration, among others. Check out the resource...

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  October 14, 2002  

The ILUs are here!

"Sessions.edu has launched a first-of-its-kind series of Flash tools called ILUs. The ILUs are Interactive tools that help student and professionals in their design work. The Color Calculator is the first application in this series; it provides the user with the ability to identify color schemes or harmonies for any design project, by controlling a series of menus and tools." See the ILUs...

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  June 17, 2002  

Web-Safe Swatch Collections

Downloadable swatch collections for many programs. Posted by seralat at 09:34 PM | Permalink
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Vizcheck and Daltonize

Software for simulating the three main types of color blindness and correcting images for colorblind viewers. The software can either be run over the internet or on your local machine, and it's free. Visit the website...

The Red Queen Theory of Color

A November 2000 article from Bob Stein via Digital Web Magazine, "Website color, like clothing fashion, is about appealing, attracting, seducing. It's about appearing better than you are, or at least, better than you would otherwise be. There's a fashion industry in pixels just as fickle as the one in clothing." Read the article...

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Effective Color Contrast: Designing for People with Partial Sight and Color Deficiencies

From Aries Arditi, Ph.D, via Lighthouse International, "This brochure contains basic guidelines for making effective color choices that work for nearly everyone. To understand them best, you need to understand the three perceptual attributes of color: hue, lightness and saturation, in the particular way that vision scientists use them. Full explanations of these terms are provided in the pages that follow." Visit the website...

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Death of the Websafe Color Palette?

From a 6 Sep 2000 Webmonkey by David Lehn and Hadley Stern, "After the pixeldust settled, we looked at what was left of the ersatz websafe palette. There wasn't much. Admittedly, we got different results in what would seem to be the same conditions: one Win9x machine would fail for a color, and another such machine wouldn't. We decided to play it safe. Really safe. We found that only 22 of the 216 colors we began with did not end up being shifted incorrectly in at least one viewing environment. So, it looks like we have roughly 22 colors that are really websafe -- Windows and MacIntosh, Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator, 8-bit, 16-bit, and 24-bit compatible for GIFs and BGCOLOR. We call this the The Reallysafe Palette (hope you like green ...)." Read the article...

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Colorfield Insight

Colorfield Insight is a set of Photoshop filters from Colorfield Digital Media that help "web designers address accessibiliy issues in color design, providing filters for the three most common forms of colorblindness. Use Insight to check the legibility of your designs for color-deficient viewers. Insight is exclusively available for the Macintosh." Visit the website...

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Color FAQ

"The ColorFAQ clarifies aspects of colour specification and image coding that are important to computer graphics, image processing, video, and the transfer of digital images to print." See the FAQ...

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Color Matters

This is a great resource for anyone interested in issues of color and color usage for application design. "Color plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live. Color can sway thinking, change actions, and cause reactions. It can irritate or soothe your eyes, raise your blood pressure or suppress your appetite." Visit the website...

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