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All of the color guides are getting a revamp. The guides are all now two pages, one for digital applications (such as vectors, painting in Photoshop, 3D modeling, etc) and the other for print applications (customs, merch, T-shirts, et cetera). The PNG preview for the digital guide should be OK to use as well, so the PDF is optional.
If you use Google Chrome or Safari, they will attempt to open the file in-line with Google Docs PDF viewer. DO NOT EYEDROP THOSE COLORS. SAVE THE PDF FILE. The Google Docs viewer displays in a very low bit depth that results in dithering of the colors. Until Deviantart gives me a way to disable this, you should use the download file link to view the guide!
They are also now more space efficient, and will be able to scale better with ponies that have more colors than normal.
The Digital guides aim to be as close to the show as possible, while the print guides aim to be as close to official merch as possible. When there's no merch of that pony (e.g. background ponies) then the print colors will be based on my conversions which will aim to reproduce the show without looking too weird or have obvious gamut problems.
It is safe to eyedrop the digital colors or use the hex/RGB codes - the swatches should match up just fine. Just make sure you're working in sRGB color mode.
For the merch guides, the spot colors are rendered using CMYK alternate color space. This is based on my own examinations of the merch boxes, where the spot colors are simulated straight to process anyway.
Thanks *kefkafloyd, for your color guides for the characters.
I especially like how you include the rgb colors as hex values.
Just one question: What policy are you following exactly when you say "as close to the show as possible"? I mean: there are the NTSC-versions and the color corrected versions, plus the colors change from time to time (Rainbow Dash's color corrected colors changed somewhere in season 2 for example)
In a perfect world, the colors would be exactly what were typed into Flash when the show was created. But I am not privy to that information. The merch/print guides are as accurate as they can be since I've been provided that information from actual assets.
When I say "accurate to the show," I mean that you could realistically expect to slot those colors in to a workflow relating to the show (e.g. a flash animation, or a vector tracing) and be reasonably confident in them. I would be lying if I said there wasn't some guesswork involved but oftentimes it's trying to coordinate between several sources (e.g. ripped flash assets, episodes, etc) to try to pick the right one. There's no guarantee, for example, that those flash assets haven't been touched in some way. Oftentimes there's tweaks that I make to these and I think Rainbow will probably get another pass or to as time goes on.
Rainbow is always the most difficult because she is based on primary colors and is often the most affected by compression and other artifacts. On a real television her blue actually has this kind of neon look, even on one like mine where I've (feebly) attempted to calibrate it. TVs don't have the same kind of control (or gamuts) that monitors do. The gamuts don't overlap completely, either. Since these are aimed for computers, I've stuck to computer gamuts because I at least have a known-good system where I can be confident in appearance.
FWIW, a lot of "color corrected" rips out there are just contrast and saturation boosts; I'd rather do that myself than have somebody fix that in stone. But I'm weird like that, since I know my setups and what's necessary to get things the way I like them. The only ones that are obviously, horribly wrong are the S1 iTunes copies. S2 has looked mostly fine to me, the differences are mostly within margins of error.
Reconfigured it a bit and found that
thank you for sharing with us C:
btw thanks so much for this ^^
merci beaucoup !