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Vinyl Scratch / DJ PON-3 Color Guide 2.0 [UPDATED] by kefkafloyd Vinyl Scratch / DJ PON-3 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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:iconimazebra2:
imazebra2 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Just for those having trouble in inkscape, just type the code and FF at the end.
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imazebra2 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Actually nevermind it works only for strokes
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:iconimazebra2:
imazebra2 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Forget the nevermind it does work i just forgot to click
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Leapingriver Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm a little confused...
Why are there two pages of Vinyl Scratch? I noticed one palette is more yellow than the other so I'm a little confused on which to use :iconderpyplz:
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
One palette is the "digital" or screen guide, while the other is the print guide. If all you're doing is stuff on screen, then the digital one is the way to go. If you plan on printing or want to be closer to the merch palettes, then the print one is the way to go.

Some colors do not reproduce well when used in print, and in some cases Hasbro/DHX has different palettes. The "digital" palette is derived from flash assets, while the "print" palette is derived from printed assets.
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ArcusWind Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm having trouble following this guide. I usually just use the RGB for my colors.
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Quent0S Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Color Dropper / Inkscape swatches FTW!
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:iconfudlite:
Fudlite Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Just convert each hex value to decimal:

#0099FF is 00, 99 and FF when split up.

00 = 0,
99 = 153,
FF = 255.

Therefore, #0099FF in decimal RGB = 0, 153, 255.

Hex is generally easier as you can represent it in string form without the need for delimiters, and it's shorter to write overall.
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:iconarcuswind:
ArcusWind Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your help and the guides. My ponies look better when I use them.
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
The hex values are just another way of expressing RGB instead of 255/255/255 notation. They are still RGB colors.
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Cupcake-Nightmare Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
what color is vinyl's mane body and eyes
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Both colors are listed in the guide.
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:iconarcuswind:
ArcusWind Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How would I input them in Inkscape?
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
I am unfamiliar with Inkscape. People keep asking me this, maybe I need to try it just so I can answer questions. But I'd find it highly unlikely that their RGB color picker couldn't accept hex notation.
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Tsitra360 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
These are helpful, especially when you provided the swatches.
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
:D
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Star--Sprout Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Yay! Vinyl Scratch is best background pony! I needed a color guide like this...I was trying to make my own, but it isn't easy. Then I realized my colors were all wrong, so I had to keep remaking my own Vinyl palette...this makes drawing Vinyl 20% easier! Thank you SOSO much for this!
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The-Chaos-Controller Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eyes not RED!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Given that her eyes are not, in fact, red, this is how it will be.
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:iconthe-chaos-controller:
The-Chaos-Controller Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, I know. I'm just one of those people who always wished that they would be red. But they're still rose colored, close enough.
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AloysisKorbaut Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, by using pantone colors you made things about 100 times more confusing for me.
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
There's swatches available for eyedropping.

She'll have a 2.0 guide with digital and print versions soon enough.
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AloysisKorbaut Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Well... yeah. I did end up eye-dropping. I guess I was just being stubborn XD

Thanks for the great guide.
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BB-K Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
red stands out a lot better actually in terms of visuals, that's what I as a former graphics student would comment. In this case, my theory is probably the purple is some sort of colored contact lenses.
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:icontheinexplicablebrony:
it's not purple it's a really vibrant fuschia. your monitor is probably not calibrated properly.
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BB-K Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Err no, what people say it's purple is because it's a simple word in general, way more general than magenta.
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:icontheinexplicablebrony:
well okay :I I never heard anyone call that colour 'purple' before is all.

anyway maybe they're contacts, but just look at RD
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BB-K Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RD is fixed as far as fans say. Fans gave Vinyl red while the crew made magenta.

So my theory is that her red eyes must be from some colored contact lenses while her eyes are originally magenta. Well, maybe she doesn't want to stand out so much to other people looking to date with her. I think.
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:icontheinexplicablebrony:
oh, I see :I
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:iconbb-k:
BB-K Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RD's eyes have no problem anyway since Vinyl's eyes was not seen that time.
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Minority119 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
great color guide, might use it in the future if I ever decide to draw ponies again (or color my damn drawings for that matter XD)

also, there sure is a lot of shit going on about Scratch's eye-colors, eh? = P
I personally prefer to just put her shades on and be done with it
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DeloreandudeTommy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's good to see SOMEONE did their homework.
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
I try. :V
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Ghoul-v Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Interface Designer
i could have sworn Vinyls eyes were red?
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Read this: [link]
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:iconkristhegooseman:
KrisTheGooseman Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist
Will you add the hex codes as well?
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
When I update the guide to the new format, yes.
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:iconforpside:
forpside Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Thanks for updating Vinyl's eyes!
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome. :V
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:iconrazer1103:
Razer1103 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
>_< Can you add an "Alternate" eye color, for people who prefer the red eyes?
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
No.
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:iconrazer1103:
Razer1103 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
:(
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
You may wish to read this: [link] Particularly, the bit at the very end.
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Razer1103 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
I do believe the colors Studio B has selected is the color you have provided, and is the same as used for 'Dash and several other ponies.

All I want is for an "Alt" set of colors for Vinyl's eyes, for people who want their vector to have the fanon red color.

If you really don't want to do that, then I.. I guess making up a color will have to suffice...
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TFtwoBrony Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
First time vectoring ponies and haven't used Photoshop in a long time so I'm going to ask a question that might seem pretty simple to others who have been vectoring for a while... What are turning down on the body fill/body fill shadow (15%)? Is it the saturation?

Awesome color guide by the way, gradient components and everything :clap: .
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
There will be a new

My advice is to import the PDF into Photoshop then use the eyedropper to read the color from the swatch.
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:icontftwobrony:
TFtwoBrony Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh duh, /)_- why didn't I think about that earlier.
Anyways, thanks for the help. Keep doin' what you do, it's much appreciated. :D
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love-mist Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Your guides are great! Glad I found them now before trying to do too much. :XD: I went through the color-search process for making a vector of Cadance and Shining Armor and know how tricky it can be. O_o
Keep up the good work! We all appreciate the effort you put into these. :)
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CaitlinBear Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought the eyes were only that color because they were blue shifted o3o
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