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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.
Just coloured my Pinkie Pie with this.
now when I find off color screenshots I can at least get the colors right!
You might get asked this a lot, but what's with texture on the images? Doesn't that make it more difficult to use the color picker, or is it one of those things that you either get exactly the right color or something that's obviously wrong and you can just try again?
Thanks again, love these and also your journal analyses .
If you download the PDF file (or use a browser other than Chrome or Safari) you will be able to import the PDF into, say, Photoshop and then eyedrop the colors. Or you can just type the provided hex values into your program of choice.
(really though, the show probably uses a slightly different optimized for NTSC color palette than the print-oriented official artwork, and that's probably what you're seeing.)
Oh wait, I do.
This is so useful, thank you very much!
Are you also going to do one for Sweetie Bell?