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I just don't have the sanity to do it.
Is there a place I can go to find color combinations put together so I don't have to deal with it?
I know this seems to be a request that most normal graphic design people and those that dress themselves can't understand, but for the color impaired, it would be a big help.
and those that dress themselves
LOL... If we could find a Palette Master for Kindergartners, maybe my BF's oldest child could join the ranks of those that dress themselves.
Then again, I always found that a wardrobe of neutral colors:
White, Black, Gray and Denim (the Honorary NeutralTM) works very well. For days when you feel daring, throw in one item in a solid primary color as an accent.
...mivox's Fashion Hints(R) now returns you to your regularly scheduled graphics programming...
If you want some good info on color combinations, try kinkos, they have a lot of time tested material on the subject, from the print side of the equation.
For example, You pick a certain shade of blue and it would give you the right shade of green, yellow, red, etc. to match it.
Anyone know of that kind of site?
Web safe colors happen to be a particularly ugly set of colors to start with... chosen because of some arbitrary mathematics... not because of aesthetics... so if you can't make them work together, it may not be you.
I usually pick my pallete in 16 bit color, and check it in 8-bit to make sure it doesn't come out hideous. Then I go ahead and give the majority of visitors the fullest color experience I can.
What looks to be an excellent article on color theory is in the August print edition of DV Magazine... unfortunately not reproduced in their online edition. I'll eventually check out the urls it mentions and see if there's anything I can post.
Suppose you want two colors that "go together" (a concept that is not rigidly defined anyhow), a dark one and a lighter one.
Make up a dark color on the color cube (that means you use only 00, 33, 66, 99, CC, and FF for your RGB values)
Lets say you pick a nice dark purple: 330066
Now, a lighter counterpart of the same color can be gotten just by adding 99 to each color, producing CC99FF. You've basically turned the brightness up on your color.
An even better trick is to take two colors and alter them by 33 in one of the columns. E.g., you have a nice light blue 0066FF, another nice light blue that would "go with it" is 0099FF. Voila! You are a digital Claude Monet.
What colors don't "go together?" Well, colors which are far apart on the color wheel. E.g., red and green are horribly clashing. Red and blue, just as bad. Black and white and grey go with anything, as my wardobe attests...
Another one I used to use is called Eyedropper. If you see a great color on a web page, the eyedropper tool hones in on a pixel and gives you the value for it.
I think that's why you'll see interior decorators going through sweeping "color combo" fads (Remember mint green and dusty rose from the early 90s? Harvest gold and avocado green from the 70s?). It really *is* a terrific hassle to tinker with a color set until it's *just* right. 9 times out of 10, someone has already done the work for you, so take advantage of it!