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The intent of using a standard color library (Pantone Solid Coated) is to stay within the bounds of said official artwork, plus give some consistency to colors used. This should help when sourcing supplies for non-digital work. If your application does not support color libraries, then using the eyedropper on the swatch should give you an answer. However, this means you lose the more accurate simulations available by using Overprint preview mode.
Remember to download the attached PDF file and use that for reference. Do not use the preview PNG for reference material, it's intended only for preview on DeviantArt.
This guide discusses a complete color palette for Princess Celestia. I've assembled the guide based on official artwork, my pile of color books, and a spectrophotometer. These colors are from official print artwork, which differs slightly from the show. They will be easier to reproduce across multiple media and more in line with the FiM merch. Show Celestia has a much more vibrant mane that probably doesn't print very well. I'll probably produce a more show-like palette some other time.
This guide is not affiliated with Hasbro in any way and is produced solely in the interest of color science. For a changelog, more long-winded explanations, and other discussions, see this forum topic: [link]
When I do a digital guide it will have the colors from the show alongside. But she's still a nice light pink/magenta in the show as well.
The colors in this guide are in fact "her real colors," as they're shown in Hasbro's official marketing materials. However, these are colors aimed for print and multiple media, aimed to be reproducible. If you buy a toy box, these are the colors used.
They are not the same as her TV colors, which do not print well at all. Her TV mane is far brighter and has colors that are out of gamut in average CMYK gamuts. I've been meaning to do a version 2.0 of this guide (with a Digital and Print guide) but I haven't gotten around to it. For an example of version 2.0 guides, check this one: [link]
How can I get vectors from moongazeponies? I've found only high resolution raster pngs (which are not vector images). Do I need to ask her for a AI/FLA/PDF file?
Is it legal to use an official artwork or eyedrop colors from it? There is no license defined for it, and there is something about copyright at the end of each episode. I just dont want to get in trouble
MoongazePonies supplied her original files to me. If you want something from her, you should ask her, since I can't speak for her.
Where did you get an official (!) vector (!!) artwork?
You should do a show-based colour guide too.
Read this: [link]
Take an eyedropper, and you will not read white anywhere inside her fill. Ever. In any frame from the show. You'll read a very, very light pink—I liken it to a pearlescent finish. The 2.0 version of the guide with the show colors will not have 255/255/255 for her coat.
But still great, nonetheless.
I was going to make a separate guide for show Celestia's hair, but I don't think her hair colors would reproduce well in traditional media. I will still probably do it at some point!
You could describe her as "white" in the most vague of terms, but white means a lot of things. The color artists on the show would probably not describe her as white. Rarity is "white" too, except she's not! Same for Sweetie Belle and Scratch. If you call them white, you lose the distinction between them all.
For a toy, the best possible representation of Celestia would be as a pearlescent white - basically a white with a pink glaze. I would still describe it as light pink, because it actually has saturation, even if it is just barely. In the show, she'll never be portrayed as pure white or light gray, because she's not - she has saturation. Just a little bit, but saturation nonetheless. That is the key that separates her from a neutral white.
Have a good one.
Celestia reads 255, 250, 255 R G B.
See this image with a color picker from a grab from Best Night Ever.
Or, if you think about it in HSB color model, she is 300, 2, 100. The brightest, barely saturated of pink. If it was just a dull white, then it would be an even number of RGB (e.g. 250, 250, 250 or 252, 252, 252), but it is not.
In the intro sequence, see this: [link] Taken directly from Hubworld (and the later iTunes episodes with corrected color read similar values). 249, 244, 250. Celestia is a light pink, end of story, have a nice day.