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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.
A note about Derpy: As one of the background ponies, her colors were designed primarily with TV in mind. Some of her colors may not look right, and in absentia of something used in real merch, I decided to go with straight CMYK conversions.
The vector image used in this guide was provided by
Thank you so very much for this!
Derpy isn't exactly a neutral gray, she is kind of a cool gray. But I haven't looked at this one in a while.
I'm not sure what more one could put into it to make it easier to find.
The reason I thought my version was ok initially, is because colour picking some other shades in my source image led to very close results to yours, exception being the stroke colour. Any insight on this would be appreciated.
Derpy's closeup in Rainboom means that compression will not factor in, for what it's worth. This goes into a really long story that I've addressed in some journal posts about alternate color spaces and things like that.
As for the method of colour picking, I just eyedropped in Photoshop. To be honest your colour is one of the best fitting so it's not a matter of pleasing me, I was just wondering why eyedropping that image made the stroke look so dark in comparison to yours.
I have a bunch of Derpy themed vehicles I'm working on for APB, and so far I've used a lot of your color guides where available to theme the armor colors to. Thanks so much for doing these.