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Derpy Hooves Color Guide 2.0 [UPDATED] by kefkafloyd Derpy Hooves Color Guide 2.0 [UPDATED] by kefkafloyd

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New and improved!

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 :iconmoongazeponies:
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:icondoctor-discord:
Doctor-Discord Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Thanks to these codes, I can convert them into Federal Standard (the colour standard code for minatures and model painting), then paint a show-accurate Derpy Hooves!

Thank you so very much for this!
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msmiraf Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i love you

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:iconhipsterbat:
Hipsterbat Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!!!
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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allthecircles Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Those eye colors are hard to guess!
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lightxd94 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i thought her mane code was fbfba5 every thing i know is a lie
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butterflypinky12345 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool, but one small thing is why does Derpy have random red in some of her strokes. I reloaded this tab to see if it was a loading error, but it may just be mozilla.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Look at it in an actual PDF viewer (e.g. Acrobat or Illustrator).
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Cupcake-Nightmare Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
could you please tell me what color derpy's mane and body is and eye color
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
They're listed right in the color guide.
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:iconbutterflypinky12345:
butterflypinky12345 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay
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:iconheartinathepony:
HeartinaThePony Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol!
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zorkfox Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
These are always SO neat and SO helpful!
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:iconwesty543:
Westy543 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Firefox's in-line viewer seems fine, but why are letters "Derpy Hooves" aligned differently on either page?
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
if you're looking at the PNG preview it's probably because CS6's export does dumber things now (art vs text optimized).
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Rainb0wDa5h Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you this is great
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Tim015 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this, your coloring guides help me out a bucketload XD
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MillennialDan Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist
I'm having a real struggle now, because I've been comparing this to my digital copy of Derpy from The Last Roundup, and this looks much bluer. Is this because her color is different from one episode to the next, or is my copy color-corrected incorrectly, or what... I'm not sure what to do about it.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
This guide is optimized for a wider range of uses than just the show. It was also made before The Last Roundup. When the updated version of the guide comes out it will have repicked colors optimized for multiple users instead of a compromise biased towards print.

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.
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MillennialDan Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Okay, that's good to hear. I did notice that some of the others seemed a little more updated than this one. I'm trying a vector, so of course the specific digital color is what I'm looking for... anyway, thanks for your response!
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Mahaugher Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! You should update your tags on this one. Its very hard to find by searching.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
the tags are: "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Color Guide Derpy Hooves"

I'm not sure what more one could put into it to make it easier to find.
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Mahaugher Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha I dont know, I tried searching derpy color guide and got no results xD
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Used it on my trace. [link]

I gotta say, that while I respect your color picking process, and pretty much all the colours are spot on, the blueish gray of the body stroke just simply looks a bit off to me.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I refer you to Sonic Rainboom at 14:54, where I based Derpy's palette from. You've gone a bit too green in yours. Derpy is not very neutral; she's very blue-gray overall. Very metallic.
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
I agree with your statement about my stroke being too neutral, and the Sonic Rainboom source is a really good one, however even so the SR Derpy seems to have a much darker stroke, or at least a noticeable difference in colour. Maybe I just saw a bad source but here's how it looks like to me sandwiched between your colour guide stroke and my wrong one for comparison: [link]

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.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, it depends on your source. If you check other areas where Derpy shows up, she still has a steel-blue gray stroke. Most of the times when things are very small (as most ponies are in the show) the compression used for HDTV will distort the purity of the colors. It also depends on how you're viewing the colors. If you're picking named colors, the alternate color definition put into the application will make a difference... It's clear I can't please everyone all the time. :V What application are you using and how are you choosing your colors?

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.
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to explain. I checked your suggested source and it pretty much matched this image in the Wiki gallery(I didn't want to use a screengrab in order to distort the colours less) [link]

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.
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Candlefire29 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!
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Da-Gunman Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Thanks :) That's exactly what I need right now for my coloration.
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:iconwesty543:
Westy543 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist
You are seriously the best.

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. =)
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MoongazePonies Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh cool, glad it worked out! I'll have to test it out on my next Derpy trace! :D
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm not sure if you saw the other comment I left on our discussion on my profile page, but aside from me having to create some extra fills due to Photoshop's lackluster path export facility the stuff you supplied worked very well. I'd like to do the same thing for a Sweetie Belle guide, if that's possible.
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