Color Inspirations: More than 3,000 Innovative Palettes from the Colourlovers.Com Community

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F+W Media, Jun 16, 2011 - Design - 256 pages
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The rules for color are not black and white.

Color Inspirations contains some of the very best color palettes from the popular website, organized by color family in a logical, easy-to-use format. In this complete reference, you'll discover 3,286 fresh, inspiring color palettes—ready to be applied to your latest design or project and complete with accurate CMYK, RGB and HEX values. In fact, you can use the included CD* to import any color palette into your design software immediately. *Please note that the CD is not included with the ebook version of this title.

This comprehensive book also includes a brief primer on color theory and an inspiration section that will help you discover new color combinations in the world around you. It contains everything you need to find the best color palettes for your project in a snap.

From the Introduction: "We all have some common connections and associations to color based on cultural influences and popular theories, but color is ultimately a unique experience for all of us. And because of that, there is not just one set of rules for how to think about and use color. We live in a global community with tools that allow us to create something independently and share it with the masses. This interconnected environment generates a much wider spectrum of color ideas and color applications."

System and Software Requirements: To access and use the color palettes with this CD, you'll need either a Mac running OS X with CD drive, or a PC running Windows XP with CD drive. Palettes are saved in ASE, Expression, GIMP and HTML formats. The following applications for Mac or Windows are also necessary to open ASE files: Adobe Photoshop CS2 or above or Adobe Illustrator CS2 or above.

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About the author (2011)

Darius A. Monsef IV, aka "Bubs," is the founder and CEO of and he wants the whole world to find color enlightenment. He built COLOURlovers after an uninspired class on color theory left him searching for an online community to explore color and share creative ideas. He never found it. So he built it. COLOURlovers now reaches more than one million creative individuals each month and has been recognized as an award-winning design resource and community. Darius is an Internet entrepreneur, writer, web designer/coder and former student of fashion design. He's a creative and social media consultant and former community organizer for Microsoft's Photosynth software. He's also the co-founder of the disaster-relief nonprofit All Hands Volunteers ( and has spent more than a year living in disaster zones around the world.

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