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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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Product Details

  • 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 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Before I purchased this, I read the reviews warning against the purchase. Many people encouraged visiting the website for color palette ideas (because the ones in this book are available there). What I like is that it's nice to have a quick reference, if you're in need of inspiration. Sure, you can find that on the internet, but how long will it take you to sift through everything. At least in book form, you have these categorized by the main color in use and then by what type of color-scheme you're after (analogous, complementary, etc.). It also comes with a handy cd that allows you to download these swatches for convenient use in your Adobe programs.

Overall, I still find it underwhelming. While this book is not in any way a bad idea, it's almost like they took the most popular user-submitted swatch combinations from Adobe Kuler (Adobe Color) and compiled them into one book. The thing is, anyone can submit a color combination, and not all of them have a practical purpose. Some of them are just plain bad.

So.. what could have been a nice, convenient tool is really nothing more than a piece of my library that is now collecting dust. It's not awful. It's just unbearably average in every way.
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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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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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I am in love with this book! As a mosaic artist am am limited to color choice to due manufactuers' ability to make certain colors in glass. For example, there are no vibrant purples in glass sheets, just very dark purple and grayish purple. Sometimes I struggle to find the right color combination since the colors in my imagination don't exist in glass. This book helped me find awesome combinations especially when I know I need a combination of 3 colors or of 5 colors.
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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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I have really enjoyed this book so far. It takes the idea of visually pleasing color palettes to the next level. My only wish would be that each color combination (a small circle with each color shown as a bar) would be presented LARGER. There were so many so I see why they did it, just would be nice to see each color/shade, bigger.
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