Monday, February 18, 2008

Color Palettes for FREE

I have a long-term love-hate relationship with the Pantone system. Much as I enjoy picking out mouth-watering spot color hues from their expensive collection of "fan" color swatches booklets for a design project, getting the work to look/print accurately to specs (or to look like the swatch) is a never-ending challenge.

Like playing lottery, hit & miss, die now must recalibrate/redo/blame the poor printer? Choosing a color palette for a design job is a matter of technique (which can be learnt) and taste (something you're born with or not). For those not born with it, there are design books offering ready-to-use color palettes that are proven to work as a shortcut to picking your own palettes. For those who need a shortcut...

Pantone now offers online color palettes for FREE download that reflects latest color trends & other user-submitted ones. Subscribe (FREE) to their e-newsletter as a myPantone member & download lots of goodies including great "Before&After" design makeover pdfs for the designer looking for some inspiration.

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