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Fluttershy Color Guide 2.0 [UPDATED] by kefkafloyd Fluttershy 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.
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trixiesshow Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the color guide. I'll put a link to this in the description
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TheStalwart Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Pantone samples from this guide match Hasbro licensed calendar perfectly. Thanks a lot.
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Dakuu75 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Your color reference resources a invaluable bro, thanks a ton for these.
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Dan94ever Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
I just want to leave a thank you for doing these pages for so many ponies. I was making something as an emblem in a game I play and this was super helpful.  Thank you very much.
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Aisheyru-Fox Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! 
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fmcgorenc Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
thanx, used it and the rest of mane6 here: fmcgorenc.deviantart.com/galle…
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GhiaccioCubo Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
I'm confused on the eye gradient... why 3?
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Because it blends between three different colors. It's entirely possible to have a gradient of more than three colors.
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Lindor42 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
THANK YOU SO MUCH this helped me a bunch <3
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Chibi-pets Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013   Artisan Crafter
good! Thanks I use this one to know what color use to embroider hehe
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paulinaghost Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Good tutorial.=)
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Leon-Z Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
thank you!..^^
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1Bluefur Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for each and every one of these! Makes my drawings about 20% more accurate (hurrhurroverusedjokeshurr).

Do you ever plan on doing one for Spitfire or Soarin'? I noticed you have a few prominent background ponies (andIwannadoaSpitfiredrawing) so I couldn't help but wonder :p.
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nuuvox Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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Kumkrum Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is extremely helpful, I want to thank you so much for all those guides. They ease work just so much, it's almost ridiculous XD thank you :la:
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CloudyJay Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Thank you for the mouth advice, I always mix up the tongue & mouth!
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ExiBrony Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am having trouble with PS CS5 and your guides and I dont know what i am doing wrong.
When opening your guide in PS CS5 and using the eyedropper tool in the boxes the actual Pantone color i get is way off.
Take Body Fill as an example, the guide calls for Pantone 100C but when i use the eyedropper tool on the box i get Pantone 393C so its alot paler then the original color. If you look at my Fluttershy on my DA page you'll see it easily.
I know i am doing something wrong but i have no idea what. I dont need to use the eyedropper tool to save a few seconds i can use the list and select the correct color using the Pantone numbers but i have no idea how to produce the color 70% Pantone 103 C for body stroke as i have no idea what the 70% means, or how to actually "find" it in PS CS5. Can you help?
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Make sure when you open up the file that you set the color mode to RGB and that your Photoshop's color setup is set to sRGB as the default RGB source profile.

Eyedropping the swatch may not give you the exact thing in the color book in PS (in which case you just pick the name from the color book) due to a various amount of long winded issues. Eyedropping should be for getting RGB values only.
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ExiBrony Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So "Working Space" Color settings in Photoshop should be set to sRGB and not Adobe RGB (1998)?
When i open up the PDF file with Photoshop i get a pop-up where i am able to change image size, resolution, color mode and color depth. The default settings are, 300pixles/inch, RGB and 8bit. In the "Import PDF" pop-up i cannot select sRGB anywhere.

But if im unable to fix this i can still use the numbers to get the correct color. But my question is what does the 70% mean, is it tint or something?
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
It means a tint.

And yes, you should be using sRGB and not Adobe RGB.
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ExiBrony Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Considering i started the project in Adobe RGB 1998 does it mean that i have to start a new one to see the change?

Thanks for your help Kefka
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Welcome to the wild and crazy world of color management. :)

The thing to do is to change to sRGB temporarily, then open up and rasterize the PDF, then use Convert to Profile to Adobe RGB using Relative Colorimetric. Then eye drop off the swatches (don't use the Pantone library in PS).
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Alleg1000 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
omgomgomgomgomgomg!!!! I NEEDED THIS SOOOO BADLYYYYYY!!!!! Imma makin a pic of her. Send u a link later ;3
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jrk08004 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yo Kefka, I gotta hand it to you, You're a lifesaver with these color guides! They're so well put together, and they make looking for the right color easy as pie -- Pinkie Pie [link]

:D

Thanks for the awesome work with these :)
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Glad to be of service!
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ExtrahoVinco Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
These color guides are exactly what i was looking for! thank you so much! :D
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Scotch208 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Thanks you very much for the color guides, I was using other peoples vectors for colors now i have these :D
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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Blablashmo Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yay! Thank you very much for this! :D
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:iconfrankrt:
FrankRT Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very informative read! I'll have to stick to it for any future work I might bring out.
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horse-in-fire Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Student General Artist
That's very awesome^^
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MoongazePonies Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let me know if it was used appropriately - [link] - :P
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BlackGryph0n Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Awesome! And great idea!! I should have used this to make mine... :tantrum:
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