The Designer's Guide to Color Combinationsby Leslie Cabarga
If you're from the "I don't know zip about color - but I know what I like" school of color theory, this book's for you. You won't find color wheels or lectures on color harmony here . . . just 500+ tried-and-true color combinations derived from actual design work - posters, packages, even giftware - created over the past century by designers, artists and color experts. You'll find historical color combinations from the Victorian period, Art Deco era, Far-out Sixties, Rave craze - plus current color combinations, such as limited color, "bad color" and much more. Even if you don't know what you're looking for, you'll know it when you see it here.
It's not just what colors you use, but how you use them. That's why the color combinations in this book are arranged in simple, sample layouts rather than pages of out-of-context swatches. Complete with color formulas in CMYK, these layouts show you which colors work for backgrounds, borders, type, outlines, panels and small text, so you can easily adapt them to your designs.
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This book is for designers, artists, and the artistically challenged, among whom I count myself. Better than any book I've seen on the subject of color combinations, Leslie Cabarga shows rather than explains good color combinations. What's more, the color combinations are presented in their actual context as designs from art nouveau to rave. After using this book for creating Web pages and Flash movies, my pages and movies have improved 10-fold. Some color combinations have several colors that blend and others have very limited colors -- all relevant if you want to save bandwidth or printing costs. Even the section on Bad Colors showed what to avoid. Cabarga's introduction is clear enough for a novice to art and design and useful enough for a professional. Best of all it saves time! Instead of going over color combinations (never really being satisfied) I just take one of the 500 provided, put in the CMYK values in Flash or GoLive 5 or Dreamweaver or PhotoShop or anything else, and I'm halfway home in my design. Leslie Cabarga's comments on the authors of the color combinations are both informative and uncensored. He's got opinions on everything and is not shy about expressions. It's a fun and useful book, and I'd be lost without it.