- Series: Index
- Turtleback: 360 pages
- Publisher: HOW Books (April 12, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581802366
- ISBN-13: 978-1581802368
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 5.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Color Index: Over 1100 Color Combinations, CMYK and RGB Formulas, for Print and Web Media Turtleback – April 12, 2002
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The author presents the color schemes well and they will help any designer. This would be a 5 star book if not for the fact that you can't lookup combinations by color code. I wanted to "add" to a website based on the primary color(s) and the only way to find this color in use was to sort through the pages to see if I could find it. And it would have been nice to have a mini-CD with this book, but that might be asking a bit much considering the price.
Actually, before I worked with him, I had first one absolutely awful designer, and then another mediocre one. The first one designed my first book cover based on my design specs, which was OK, but she chose the colors, and I went along with her, not knowing any better. The results were pretty bad - the cover was way too dark, and some of the writing actually got lost in it because it was so dark.
That's when I switched over to my second designer, and picked up this gem of a book at the same time. I personally chose the color combos for the second and third books based on the combinations given in the book. Now, the design was basically the same for the first, second, and third covers because they were all part of the same set, but the colors make all the difference. I actually have buyers telling me how attractive the colors on the second and third books are, which is pretty amazing considering that they are just students' workbooks and cover design is usually not considered very important by my audience. I have since used this book for two more covers in the series with excellent results.
In short, if you are looking for inspiration for truly super color combinations, and want to see how the colors will actually look in print before the printing takes place, I highly recommend this book!