Which is the right colour to use?

Dear FreewayTalk

This is not the kind of question that normally gets asked on this
forum, but I think it is worth bringing up the subject anyway. I have
been using Freeway for some time now, and I notice how it allows you
to build a website using any fonts or colours you like, within
reason. But how do you choose the right colour, out of all the
options available?

When I started with Freeway, I just used to pick the web-safe colours
and use them, although I did have some idea that I should be limiting
the number of colours on a page. But now I am beginning to realise
that the thing to do is not to limit the number of colours on a
page, but to limit the number of hues (as in Hue-Saturation-
Brightness). For example, if you are building a gradient with the
Fill Master action in Freeway, your gradient should not go from blue
to green, but from dark blue to light blue or from dark green to
light green. Am I on the right track here? I think I am.

I am sure that a lot of you will know this stuff already, because you
will have come to Freeway from a print background, but to me this is
a fairly new subject. I have been reading a book called “Colour” by
Ambrose/Harris, and it talks about a lot of interesting things, like
split-complementary colour schemes.

Do you think that having a colour scheme is the best way to build a
website? This is not the kind of thing that Freeway will decide for
you, I know.

Regards

Graham Smith
Bury St Edmunds, UK


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It’s best to remember that color is in the eye of the beholder. And the eye of the beholder is captive to the monitor brand, resolution-contrast-brightness settings, computer graphic card, workplace lighting, possible anti-glare filter and so on.

I once had a shade of navy that I really liked. Until I discovered that Dell monitors turned it to black. Not NEC, Apple, Samsung or any others that I viewed it on. Go figure.

Do what you want with color, but check out the results on a variety of monitors before committing yourself to any one set of hue/saturation combinations.


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One trick that I try to remember to use is this. Mother Nature knows
a whole lot about color combinations.

Start with a photo, perhaps of a field of wildflowers or ocean and
sky at sunset, or something more subtle, like mountains in the mist.
Open it in Photoshop or similar, and open another blank document next
to it.

Use your eyedropper to sample various colors from the photo, and then
draw little squares in the second document and fill them with the
colors. You’ll be amazed at the combinations you can find and how
well they work together.

To use your new palette, save it as a TIFF, then navigate in Freeway
to the Apple color picker. (Gear menu in the styles palette, Color
Picker from the options.) When the Apple picker is showing, click on
the icon of a photo (4th from the left) and then from the picker
below the spectrum image, choose New from file. Import your palette
image. Now you can access these colors in Freeway directly. The same
will be true for any application that uses the Apple picker.

Walter

On Jul 1, 2008, at 8:28 AM, toolemera wrote:

It’s best to remember that color is in the eye of the beholder. And
the eye of the beholder is captive to the monitor brand, resolution-
contrast-brightness settings, computer graphic card, workplace
lighting, possible anti-glare filter and so on.

I once had a shade of navy that I really liked. Until I discovered
that Dell monitors turned it to black. Not NEC, Apple, Samsung or
any others that I viewed it on. Go figure.

Do what you want with color, but check out the results on a variety
of monitors before committing yourself to any one set of hue/
saturation combinations.


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Good tip, Walter. I’ll remember that idea.

As to web-safe colours, is there any point in using them these days? Everybody puts jpg images in their sites needing millions, or at least thousands of colours to display correctly, so why limit the rest of the site to 216 colours?


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Sometime around 1/7/08 (at 10:06 -0400) Michael said:

As to web-safe colours, is there any point in using them these days?

Generally no. The main benefit now, most of the time, is to provide a
set of simple standard colours (as opposed to colour standards…) to
make it easy to specify things.

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On 1 Jul 2008, at 15:06, Michael wrote:

As to web-safe colours, is there any point in using them these days?

It kind of depends on the whether your site will be viewed primarily
on a mobile phone or PDA with limited colours at its disposal. But,
generally, there isn’t a lot of point to restricting yourself if you
don’t need to.

Cheers

Heather


“Freeway - Web Design for All”


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If you visit

you’ll see a powerful bit of shareware which integrates seamlessly with any Mac program which uses Apple’s Color Picker. One particularly attractive feature is a colour wheel which allows you to select one colour and see its complimentary version at the same time. The software gives you a comprehensive range of options and information when using colour on websites in addition to the huge raft of Hex colours available.


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There is also this free widget which gives you quite a lot of ready picked colour schemes - they have a more expensive product which you can buy but the widget is ok for quick guidance

http://www.colorschemer.com/galleria_info.php

Gary


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You could also try http://kuler.adobe.com/ for some ideas on searchable colour combination suggested by other designers.

Just search for ‘beach’ for example

There is also a widget to download to search direct from your machine.

On 1 Jul 2008, at 04:09, Graham Smith wrote:

But how do you choose the right colour, out of all the
options available?

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Kuler is interesting. While I do not found a widget, I found another extension called Mondrianum. Mondrainum is a free plug-in, that adds kuler examples to the color-palette. Which means, that you can use Kuler in any app that supports the system-wide color-picker. More information about Mondrianum: Lithoglyph | Mondrianum P.S. I tried Walters example (picking color from a photo and adding this to the color-palette). Works great for me.


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Dear FreewayTalk

Thanks everyone for the advice. I think I feel another website coming
on… I’ll tell you if I produce something.

Regards

Graham Smith
Bury St Edmunds, UK


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