color book for artists and designers

Hands on Color e-Books for Artists and Designers Pack [A-C]

Have you ever sit in front of your favorite design application wondering what colors you should use in your project?

Whether it had been a logo, or a web site or a 3D rendering of a house interior even the most expert designers sometimes simply can’t decide. And well the least experts will most likely choose an entirely wrong or unbalanced combination of colors.

The solution to this problem is not just to know the color theory well. Every professional artist or designer should have a deep understanding of how to combine colors harmoniously.  But sometimes this is not enough! Having a color index around to present you with color combinations and ideas of palettes to use or modify to suit your needs, can prove the most invaluable investment you ever made in your design toolkit!

So even though it took me over a week reviewing this excellent product, I am really happy I got the chance, since this pack will be the solution to my (and your) many color decision problems.

The “Color Book for Artists and Designers Pack [A-C]” contains 3 well designed e-books with over 3.000.000 possible color combinations. In reality tenfold more since you can produce more variations if you have a nice understanding of color theory. Furthermore these editions are accompanied with the .ase files of the palettes saving you tremendous time to import them in your favorite adobe application and use them immediately!

So let’s see some of the features we can find in each of the 3 e-books. Each book contains:

  • 1,000+ color pages
  • 100 color palettes
  • 1,000 different colors
  • 1,000,000 possible color combinations
  • 13 color space data
  • .ase files of the palettes

These books are a tool for selecting color combinations through researched suggestions by Keboto. Throughout each book they analyze all the knowledge and skills that the reader will need, in order to use the color book in the most efficient and optimal way.

Purpose of the book is the representation of color combinations taken from the natural and vibrant colors of photographs, and the realistic distinction of the said colors.

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Major part of each book is the extended color analysis of every palette, as well as of each color individually. The color analysis contains the following parameters and tests:

Tonal contrast test: This tests every isolated color of the palette in conjunction with tonal backgrounds that range from densities of black from 100% down to 5%

Complementary:  This is a representation of each palette to its complementary colors in black and white backgrounds. In order for the comparison to be more efficient they are set next to each other.

Text contrast in black and white background: In this test we see if the colors of the palette can be used well for text, and has the desired contrast with the background. We check against both white and black backgrounds.

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Transparent to white / transparent to black: In this section the colors of the palette are be tested in various transparency settings, so that we can understand how functional they can be under these conditions. By using a transparency scale graded from 0% up to 95% in steps of 5%, we can assess their efficiency in 20 different situations of transparency in black and white fonts. This check is very important especially to digital artists, and designers for digital media.

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Color blindness simulation:  Perhaps the weirdest combination of color representation. Color blindness simulation is a unique effort to represent the colors of every palette in a way that emulates how people with unique vision problems and dischromatopsia will perceive the said colors. Therefore the books provides us with the color representation of each color in comparison with each form of dischromatopsia: protanopia, deuteranopia, tritanopia, protanomaly, deuteranomaly and  tritanomaly. The representations of the 3 latter are depicted in tonalities reduced by 50% in order to approach the larger possible audience of people with these vision problems.

Color data:  At the end of every color analysis and for every color of the palette we have the numerical data in 13 distinct color spaces. This will cover almost all your needs in a vast array of applications. The numerical data provided are covering the following color spaces:

  • Hexadecimal
  • Web safe
  • RGB 0-255
  • RGB 0-FF
  • RGB 0-0.1
  • CMY 0-0.1
  • CMYK %
  • XYZ
  • Yxy
  • CIE-L*ab
  • CIE-L*CH
  • CIE-L*uv
  • HunterLab

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The palettes presented and analyzed in every book can be applied in a vast array of fields, from decoration and architecture to web design and 3d renderings.

Of course these books can also be used by anyone who would like to acquire a proper color education and the ability to recognize and appreciate correct color combinations and understand “the why” behind color choices!

Now you might wonder how much this huge pack costs. Well you will be impressed to see that at the time of this writing you can get the whole pack for only 70$ which is much cheaper than buying each of the 3 books individually.

Buying process was also very easy and streamlined. At first I was a bit worried since Keboto doesn’t use an SSL encryption, but then I realized that all payments are handled through Paypal and not by them, so no financial data are transferred unencrypted.

You simply add the product to your cart, make an account on Keboto and then you are redirected to pay with Paypal. After they process the payment you can simply download and enjoy the product.

I hope you enjoyed this review!

I am looking forward to hear your own impressions on these awesome color e-books!

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