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Kuler and other Colour Theme websites

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by bluetooth, Jun 11, 2009.

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    I also like www.colourlovers.com but rarely use its features, just browse for ideas when I get a bit stale with some books I have with CMYK combos. It can be too seductive looking at bright, jewel-like RGB hues when you know you're going to be working on uncoated stock in CMYK...

    I also like to work from my Pantone books so I know what I'm going to get if I need to repurpose anything for one or two colour jobs.
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    Yeah, I know what you mean about converting. Are you at all familiar with the new PANTONE Goe system?


    "With 2,058 colours, PANTONE Goe provides you with nearly twice as many spot, CMYK, sRGB and HTML colour options as the original PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM. That means no more big gaps between colours or jumping to the back of the book in search of a suitable shade - leaving you with a nice, smooth colour progression that will help you quickly find the right colour, so you can get back to the business of designing.

    I wonder how well this would work in converting a colour combo onine that is in RGB or CMYK to PANTONE - or how well it would work converting a website design in RGB to consistent colours in PANTONE for say, stationary/business cards/letter head etc.

    By the way, do you have any reccomendations for sites or books regarding colour formats and their purpose in relation to medias? (ie. Understanding reasons of when to use Pantone or CMYK for print, RGB for web etc.).

    Also, when you have a minute, I would be interested in the titles of some of those books you have with CMYK/Pantone combos...

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    Been reading about it but haven't yet talked to any of my regular printers about it which is where I would start. Little use specifying something they can't mix up, particularly without decent guides and the corresponding libraries.

    I currently use Pantone's Color Bridge Euro books which is an improvement on the old solid to process books.

    As far as knowing when to use one or the other, it's often a cost thing... when the job won't stretch to a four colour run. Or it might be that I'm looking for something that isn't in a CMYK gamut like an intense blue or green... or maybe one of the cleaner pastels or the metallics.

    Good cheap books for CMYK colour combos that I often flip through is Color Index 1 and 2 by Jim Krause.
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    If you like Kuler there is also Aviary's Tucan


    Adobe's Kuler feels a little more refined to me, but it is always good to have different options. If you have used the new color wheel tool inside CS3/4, Kuler works very similar to that. I actually enjoy it and find it very a very useful tool.
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    Kuler is nice. In the spirit of "different options," the best color picking iPhone app I have found is called Color Expert. It supports Goe, can email swatches, builds Illustrator palettes (but is still lacking cmyk alternatives).

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    Very interesting, thanks for the input all and keep it coming if anyone else has anything to add...

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