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Sweetie Belle Color Guide 2.0 [UPDATED] by kefkafloyd Sweetie Belle 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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EarthPony-Applejack Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Artist
Ah dunno how many times ah have tuh thank ya for these color guides, they will certainly help with some of those "vehctor" things.
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Flutterflyraptor Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Great job *kefkafloyd, I really love it:)
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The-Icon-Pony Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i cant see it...
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frenchifries Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student
For some reason, their tongues being orange doesn't bother me until I have to draw them. Then I think, "Wow, that is not a good color for tongues." But it always works out in the end. I wonder who made that artistic decision, because even though I feel like it shouldn't work, it does!
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Contrast purposes; pink tongues probably blend in too much. But that's just a guess.
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davy-downpour Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
THANK YOU
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome.
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PDPie Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Hey, I really like your color guides. They helped me a lot so far. But isn't Pantone 427 C too light for her outlines? Using the eyedropper on the PDF got me a color that's more like 428 C.
But maybe I'm just doing it wrong^^
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AngelKat34 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Zecora plz?
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Some day...
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Hikaru128 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And awesome work, though I'm sure you know that already.
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Hikaru128 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You wrote down the wrong RGB values for the eye accent; I got 206 R, 229 G, 190 B, while it says 206 R, 165 G, 205 B (a shade of purple not present in the vector).
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Sounds like I made a typographical error! I'll fix it right away.
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Mowza2k2 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this. This will help with my vector work.
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MoongazePonies Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Were you still interested in doing Vinyl Scratch now that there is an official reference of her that doesn't have her in a darkened room? I've got her ready if you ever want it. :)
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
We can make this happen...

I actually had developed a palette for her based on color correction (the show is remarkably consistent about its amount of hue/saturation/brightness shift they apply to dark scenes, correcting for it is trivial). The trouble with the poster put online is that it has a lot of JPEG compression that negatively affects color purity. Printed versions are halftoned. My kingdom for a high res TIFF version...
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MoongazePonies Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay! I am converting it to shape layers, since I only recently started making things that way (why did I not make this change sooner? :P) so I'll shoot you a note with the link sometime soon and then you can work your magic with it.
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SorcerusHorserus Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I was just wondering when you would post the Sweetie Belle one! Thanks a bunch for posting these color guides. They are very helpful.
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