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Princess Celestia Color Guide by kefkafloyd Princess Celestia Color Guide by kefkafloyd

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After getting a lot of requests for "What color is that thing?" I decided to put together complete color guides for the new My Little Pony TV show characters. They're intended for informational purposes only and are produced independently. In many cases the swatches are researched from the official artwork, in others I used some analysis and my swatch libraries to get within a reasonable Delta-E.

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]
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hunterscars Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
can you please make the digital colour guide for celestia 
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FearlessNightmare Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Uhhhh, this IS Princess Celestia....
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hunterscars Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
yes but its for print not 

not digital !!! 

( the digital color scheme is a lot lighter and lass saturated in colour ) 
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FearlessNightmare Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True. Very True. This one is ALOT brighter. I just lightened the colors when using it.
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hunterscars Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
with the vector i made i just eye dropped the hair but custom eye, coat, outline and jewelry colours
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FearlessNightmare Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice... I'm too stupid to do that XD
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hunterscars Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
and princess platinum 
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MarshmallowWithChoco Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconkefkafloyd: can you make Princess cadence and shining armor colours guide? Plz :D
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baileybwzw Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Please Make The hex code version soon I need it ASAP D:
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JenakinRamsobi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always thought she was kind of a pale pink. The outlines here, though...maybe a little too pink. I don't know for sure -- I'm not the expert here, YOU are -- but they just seem a little too deep to me.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
These colors come from her official merchandise. I have not done a digital guide for Celestia yet but her show colors (both for mane and body stroke) are more "pure" due to the way additive colors work. These ones are aimed for physical products like printed materials and merch, which are a slight bit darker/richer. Celestia's mane as it stands on the TV show is unprintable in most processes.

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. :)
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bpen42 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Still waiting for this one to get updated. I'm using it as is, but with so many colors the ability to just copy/paste a hex code is quite nice.
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moonugget Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This... this doesn't look like her real colors. I am a total pegasister and I, for one, do not think this is her real coloration.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, there's a long story involved here.

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]
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moonugget Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. Hey, do you have any tips for an Autodesk Sketchbook Pro user? I can't figure out how to copy colors for my art :( which leads to some wacky color combos. If you can help me that's great. If not, oh well. Thanks all the same!
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
I've used sketchbook in the past for doodling (it's also used by the show's storyboard artists!). Their color picker is kinda so-so, but the PNG versions of the color guides can be eyedropped.
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moonugget Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah... my problem, however, is that I can't even find an eyedropper tool! :-/ uh oh. Any tips?
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
It should be in the color palette/toolbox. I know it has one, I just can't remember exactly where.
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moonugget Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All right, cool. Thanks! This has been really helpful.
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inductivesurface Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
More questions :)

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 :)
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
You won't get in trouble for copying colors.

MoongazePonies supplied her original files to me. If you want something from her, you should ask her, since I can't speak for her.
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inductivesurface Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Oh, ok. Thanks.
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inductivesurface Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Is it also legal to draw characters? Their images may be copyrighted too :(
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inductivesurface Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
> This official artwork renders her with ...
Where did you get an official (!) vector (!!) artwork?
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hasbro has released a variety of PDF materials, the majority of which has no password protection. They open right up in Illustrator.
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inductivesurface Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
And where can I find them? I tried to search in google, but found no pdfs from Hasbro.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
A lot of them were from party planners, card invitations, etc. If you can download a PDF from Hasbro.com...
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inductivesurface Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Ok thanks. I found a lot of PDF at hasbro website.
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ZeldaTheSwordsman Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
She really is technically white, just not Paint-pure white due to bleeding from her outline.

You should do a show-based colour guide too.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
No, she isn't white on the show, either. She has a very light pink fill. Not as strong as the print one, but it is there.
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ZeldaTheSwordsman Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
As far as the creators are concerned, her coat is white. The trace pf pink in it is bleeding from the outline.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
There are pure white ponies in the show; Celestia is not one of them (and neither is Rarity, for that matter). It is not "bleeding," if it was bleeding, you would read white in some areas and the color in others; that is not the case. To consider her "white" is to reduce the visual variety of the show and doing a disservice to the professionals that create the color palettes to begin with.

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.
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ZeldaTheSwordsman Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
You know what? Forget you.
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starflyer425 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the reason i think the toys are so "pinkestia" is because they saw her outline fill, said "oh, shes pink" and got the lightest pink they could find. sadly, not light enough.
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LizzyRascal Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very helpful for drawing Celestia. :o
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LizzyRascal Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry. I put the wrong emoticon.
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BabyAngelCake Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If it makes you feel any better, I for one know she is light pink in the show because her body stroke is clearly pink.
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Deihjan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Just wanted to say..this guide to Celestia is not the Celestia from the cartoon, but the Celestia from Hasbro's cardboard cutouts and stuff, for the toys.
But still great, nonetheless.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well, yes, I made that distinction in the description, since this was actually taken from the source artwork used in said cutouts, etc. However, the real differences are in her hair. The rest are within the margin of error.

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!
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death-chao Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
i'm recoloring my toy now
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Crisx3 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Lauren Faust herself has said that she is white. Even if there's slightly less green, she is much more white than she is pink. You have no case here.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Greetings,

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.
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Crisx3 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
I'm going to have to disagree with you. If you were to not look at any of the color values, you would distinguish her as being white. And with colors that is all that really matters, not what is technically right. She is much more white than she is pink, so that I'd call it a slightly darker white. Also, the body strokes are vastly different from the show, I don't know why you decided to go with this outdated version of Celestia.
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peachsamus Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
celestia is a dull white in the show actually, when i did a screencap of the intro i was able to get the color and it really is a slightly dull white, not pink
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Did you actually read the values and understand them?

Celestia reads 255, 250, 255 R G B.

See this image with a color picker from a grab from Best Night Ever.

[link]

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.
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peachsamus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
I used color picker on her from the intro and got an even number all across.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes, but what source were you using? If you use something that has the contrast cranked to max, the tone will have been blown out.

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.
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hikarushirou Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Yay for almost proper colour sheets! :D Where did you find the picture of Celestia? It seems way different than the one in the show. : o Is that her new look? Or a younger version?
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
This Princess Celestia art was sourced from official Hasbro PDFs. It is slightly different from the show in that her hair stroke gradients are a little different and her hair shades are a bit more saturated.
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hikarushirou Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Ah, I see. How'd you find the PDfs? : o And why not go with the show version instead of the pinkie one? It's cute nonetheless though. :3 Just curious.
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