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  • Spiral-bound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books; Spi Har/CD edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600619452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600619458
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Darius is the Founder & CEO of COLOURlovers.com, a VC backed startup sharing the love of color with the world and empowering anybody to be a designer with super simple creative tools and access to a massive library of quality content. COLOURlovers is a 5x Webby Nominee for Best Community and won Best App in the Shorty Awards for Themeleon.com.  The COLOURlovers creative community reaches nearly 2 million people each month and hosts more than 1.5 million member created color palettes.

Darius also cofounded Hands.org an international disaster relief NGO that organizes volunteers in the wake of a natural disaster to help those affected recover. He's spent more than a year living in disaster areas around the world organizing thousands of volunteers.

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It's nice to have it organized so nicely.
Jennifer Allen Masserano
I'd say if you're a designer, crafter, or artist, this book is a must for finding really interesting color combinations.
Kris
If you are a graphic designer this book is a must to help with color combinations for clients.
Audria Richmond

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Volmar on June 9, 2013
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As a professional graphic designer and illustrator, I've come to own about a dozen similar titles, but this one is consistently my first choice when it comes to researching and creating color combinations for my work.
The main part of the book features more than 3,200 color palettes. The palettes are organized first by hue and then by harmony, and a name, an image, and accurate CMYK, RGB and HEX color values are given for each. Although only 3 to 5 colors make up each palette, building up larger combinations is easy because 18 compatible palettes are listed on each page, and additional matching colors can usually be found within a single page or in its adjacent ones.
The rest of the book comprises: a) a selection of palettes derived from beautiful nature photography (including animals, landscapes, and the earth); b) a short overview of color theory (including basics, terminology, color spaces, palette creation tools, and history, meaning and application of color in design); and c) a URL index that lists the original COLOURlovers website link for each palette. The enclosed PC- and Mac-compatible CD includes digital files for the palettes in several file formats, each format contained in a separate folder. The available formats are ASE (for Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), Expression (for CorelDRAW, Expression Design, Scribus), GIMP (for Gimp, Inkscape), and HTML (for web browsers). For each palette in each format, a .png copy of the palette image from the book is included--very useful for comparing digital vs. print colors. And since both the URL index and the material included in the CD follow the same organization of the book, it is extremely convenient to find and use the palettes, and cross-reference them between book, web, and design software.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ElleMarie on January 12, 2012
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This book is a wonderful inspiration tool. As a graphic design student it has been extremely beneficial to have hundreds of color combinations right at my fingertips. A wonderful gift idea for your design or art student!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RyDa on June 28, 2013
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I love this book! It is straight to the point, yet beautifully presented! It is definitely a must have! I'd rather have a tangible item like a book as a reference while creating art, than going back and forth between my program and a webpage. Anyways, great book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BahaQueen on February 18, 2014
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If you are challenged with color coordination then I recommend this book. There are thousands of palates to choose from and helps you prevent your project from looking like a crayon box! LOL
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen M. Turczyn on September 1, 2014
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I received this wonderful color book and used it the next day in a graphic painting I was doing of a Monarch butterfly. I had yellows, oranges, and blacks painted in for the butterfly. I was thinking of a dark teal background, but kind of wanted a warmish background instead, as I wanted a warm painting. I looked up the colors I was already using and ended up choosing a bright yellow-green, and it's perfect! I've had trouble, sometimes, choosing hues that really sing together, and this book will help immensely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tanya on June 6, 2013
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I love this book! I'm a beginner into digital design, but its very easy to use this product and it makes finding a color palette so much easier. Not only do I use it for digital work, but I also use it as a reference book for my traditional art. I just pop it open and see what color combinations I want to use. Its also very helpful in understanding color theory. I'm also very happy I was able to find it here on amazon, especially because it cost some $40 dollars at Barnes and Nobles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. McGregor on June 28, 2013
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I am not generally a fan of books featuring color combinations; they're usually too formulaic, with unpleasant combos to boot. But something about how this book is laid out made it very appealing and inspiring. Maybe it's the circle format of the palettes, maybe it's the sheer number of varying palettes on one page, maybe it's the superb organization by color range and palette type. I don't know, but it all combines into a delightful swirl of color surprises with every page turn. And the palettes are actually usable. Crowdsourced color may be the best of all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kris on July 8, 2014
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I bought this as a gift for my mom, and she absolutely loves it! I looked through it myself and it's a really great book. I think it's a little easier to peruse than the colourlovers website, because it's organized very well. I'd say if you're a designer, crafter, or artist, this book is a must for finding really interesting color combinations. There are combinations you'd never think would work, but they do.
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More About the Author

Darius A Monsef IV... My friends call me Bubs.

Founder & CEO of COLOURlovers.com
A VC backed startup sharing the love of color with the world and empowering anybody to be a designer with super simple creative tools and access to a massive library of quality content. 5x Webby Nominee for Best Community & Best App Shorty Award for Themeleon.com.

Cofounder & Board Member of Hands.org
An international disaster relief NGO that organizes volunteers in the wake of a natural disaster to help those affected recover. I've spent more than a year living in disaster areas around the world. I truly believe everyday people can make a difference everyday.

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