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Princess Luna S1 Color Guide by kefkafloyd Princess Luna S1 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 some cases the swatches are researched from the official artwork. When that's not available, I used some analysis and my swatch libraries to get within a reasonable Delta-E.

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 season one Princess Luna. Luna's colors were hard to decide on, because most of the options I was picking from printed color guides in overprint preview were producing something that was not to my liking in terms of differences from everything we have available on Luna. In the end, I felt the best result was to pick the best values in sRGB colorspace and let the cards fall where they may, since most users are probably just eyedropping these things anyway. Without some insight from the person who actually chose these colors in the first place, there's only so much reverse engineering can do.

Note that Luna's palette has changed consdierably in Season 2. Until I get a new color guide up, read the following journal post for more information. [link]

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.

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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CrystallinePone Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Surprisingly, Luna refs seem to be a rare occurrence on the interwebz... How strange. Oh well :shrug: rvmp.   Thanks for the super-awesome refsheet! +fav 
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MakeItSew Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for sharing this fantastic reference! I have to say - I just finished making a S1 Luna plush, and it seriously irked my perfectionist nature that her crown and armor are two different colors. Couldn't bring myself to use two different colors this time, but I might next time for the sake of accuracy. Even if it's right, it will still look wrong to me - ack!
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
The fill of the crown is the same color as the armor, but their strokes outlining them are different. I don't know why they did it this way but the new S2 color scheme does not have this problem.
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MakeItSew Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the clarification. I should have checked the numbers. The impression from the outline strokes plays tricks on my eyes. Good thing I didn't make them two different colors, haha!
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Trinity3TV Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
how do I make something like this?
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
How do you mean?
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Flutterflyraptor Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Great job *kefkafloyd, I really love it:)

They need to show Princess Luna more.
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Kawaii2104 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I have a question: When will Luna Color Guide S2 come out? If it did can u give me the link?
Keep up the good work btw :iconinuclapplz:
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
The S2 guide is in the works, it's being ported to the new color guide format. If you put me on your watch list you'll know when it's available.
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Kawaii2104 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Already did :iconinulolplz:
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kakashinobaka Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
I know this will proabally make me sound noobish but how exactly does one get the PANTONE Colors? I am using Corel Painter 12 and Gimp if that helps. Thanks in advance.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Painter doesn't have them, probably. You can just eye drop the swatches from the guide.
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kakashinobaka Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Alright then. Thanks. ^^
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Jewelweed-Shine Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I used this and the Princess Celestia one to make this [link] although I admit, I played a bit loose with the colours to get them to work with the other elements. Thank you for providing these guides; they've been really helpful!
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Vumbre Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice!

I personally like her Season 2 design. :XD:
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
I really like it a lot too. I'm working on a new guide based on her S2 design, so stay tuned.
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Vumbre Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok! Cool! :)
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ZuTheSkunk Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
I need to say that whoever chose the colours for Luna (i.e. in the show itself), his choices weren't too fortunate. Strokes in her hair blend almost totally with her coat, strokes in her chestplate blend too much with the fill colour of it, strokes of the crown blend too much with the fill colour of the hair, and it's pretty stupid how the crown and the chestplate have different stroke colours.

Because of such things, I practically spent 4-6 hours trying to redesign Luna's colours in order to have a decent base for my Luna-related artwork (see examples here: [link]).
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
It is what it is... personally, Luna doesn't need to have strong contrasts between a lot of her colors, because in the night you often lose a lot of contrast anyway, and, well, she is a creature of the night after all.

We'll see if she gets any tweaks in her upcoming episode!
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wesleyfung2 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
BRILLIANT! this is exreamly helpfull with my drawings...
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Hickso Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
No hex codes?
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inivonwini Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Thank you soo much!
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FoxOFWar Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
From someone who draws a lot of our favourite Moon Princess, I bid thee a Thank You. This is going to find use as I'm going to get me a graphics tablet in week or two, shifting my colouring more towards the digital side :)
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Halloween-the-mlp Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Cool!
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BMWBrandon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Might it also be possible for a Nightmare Moon color guide? Also, you are amazing for putting these together, I can't wait to work with them tomorrow!
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
A long time later, but ask and ye shall receive for Nightmare Moon.

[link]
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LunarLotis Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I've been waiting for Luna X3
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Westy543 Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist
You rule.
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Zekaire-Aquanimus Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
YESS!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!!!


*Giggles, squees then explodes... then explodes again*
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gmister1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Can You Do That, Can You Explode Twice!
lol
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Apple-707 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
I fucking love you bro. This will really come in handy.

Thanks! :la:
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Pwny-Pokes Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Yay, this will be very helpful!
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Czarine-the-Restless Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you. :|

This was a very useful comment.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Don't stop being awesome. <3
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