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    Does anyone know of any really good color schemes for websites. or a site with lists of good combinations?

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    Color is a subjective choice. Everyone's idea of a good color scheme will be different. Look around at some different sites. Go to www.coolhomepages.com and look at some of their sites. I think they have a "color" catagory but if not just look at several different catagories and see if you like any of the colors.

    A good rule to follow is to keep warm colors together (reds, yellows and oranges) together and cool colors (blues, violets, and greens) together. Black and White aren't true colors but the absence and presence of all colors in light respectively so they can be used anywhere. Most Professional sites you see use blues and grays on a white background. If you want to use a black background reds, yellows and greens work well.

    If you want some good professional color combinations go to your local paint store and look at the color cards for the different colors. If you scan in a card and use 3 or 4 shades from it you will have a good combo. If you want several different hues then look in the books they have that combine color schemes.

    Your choice of colors depends highly on your personal preference, the subject of your site and the target audience.

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    I really like blue and white...But a lot of people use that color.

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    If you want to see a list of web safe color schemes try downloading the trial of Macromedia Dreamweaver from www.macromedia.com. Once you load the program go to the "Command" pull down menu and select "Set Color Scheme..."

    I'm sure you can find a combination you like in the list.

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    Another option is to purchase the Web Design Pad. Its a mousepad that has all the "safe" colors on it with their corresponding hex values.

    You can find out more about it here: http://web.designbrand.com/mousepad/


    p.s. and no I am not affialated with them just thought it was a good product.


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    I wonder if 'safe colors' are going to be much of an issue in the future? All my sites are aimed at 16-bit displays or higher. Even my gifs range in color when you compare them!

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    I have never used safe colors . Though they do give you a good variety for text combinations.

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    The colours I really hate to see on web pages are 'normal' blue and red - i.e. #0000FF and #FF0000.

    If you want to use a good colour, pick a darker or lighter shade of the above.

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    Daniel,

    I found a good book by Lynda Weinmann 'Coloring Web Graphics.2'. It has an overview of color techniques, it explains how colors should be used together and it has _lots_ of swatches/color schemes that you can use. It comes with a CD with some backgrounds and misc. stuff on it. If you get a chance go check it out a a local bookstore, its a good book.

    jbm

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    Just thought I'd mention my site has a free online colo(u)r scheme picker:

    http://www.visibone.com/colorlab/

    For seeing a set of web-safe colors side-by-side with text & background combinations.

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    I did a site last week and used a blue background (00 00 CC) and gray text. It is for a Model "A" Ford club. It contains a list of future activities and an application. Fortunately I printed these out (as many members will) when I finished. The pages looked great but printed with a "washed-out" appearance. So, I changed it so it looks okay and also prints clearly. Keep the users ultimate use in mind as you select your colors.

    Take a look: http://clubs.hemmings.com/bakersfieldmafca/


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