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With more than 250 2'x3' landscape, oil paintings under my belt I have gotten good at working with hues of green.
However, I wanted to do something new and have come up with a nice, new technique for doing abstracts. Unfortunately my colour choices stink.
To get started, I would like to convert COLORlovers and the Color Image Scale into Pantone swatch numbers so that I will have something physical, in a size I can work with.
Many thanks in advance.


yes! i totally agree. i love love LOVE this site. it has helped me to tremendously. but there has got to be a way to convert these palettes into pantone color swatch numbers. please let me know if anyone knows how to do it quicker than guessing in illustrator or photoshop. thanks! :D


Contact the site and see what they can do for you.


Have you written the admin. yet caisley? You're probably not the only one who could benefit from a conversion option.


Best of luck to you with that.

Just Perfect Color

I suspect the problem is Pantone. A few years ago someone took the time to do a nice translation of RGB color codes to a Pantone chart and they sent a cease and desist letter and threat of a lawsuit. You have to pay for their guides to even come close to the color translation. My firm used to have near every color guide Pantone put out but I fumed at the cost and when signing the checks. We used the Munsell Color Communication products more anyhow.

I use www.easyrgb.com a great deal in my work and perhaps it will work for you. The online version is free and allows you to convert RGB codes to commercial tints like the color codes and names of major paint companies. It will even tweak your monitor color on a per visit basis although I hope you all have yours set to 6500K, the standard for color, to start.

www.easyrgb.com will also convert to some systems like the Munsell Color System which is still a more universal way of notating and communicating color than Pantone. Admittedly it is a bit more complicated and takes some getting used to though. It is very intuitive with a low learning curve though.

How Munsell Color Notation Works

Just select the RGB to Commercial Tints tab on the top of the screen. Enter the RGB code. Select a color collection for the translation and the system displays the color codes and names of the four closest matches.

Investing in a paint company fan deck for color reference, will set you back much less than any of the Pantone guides.

Obviously you will need RGB codes and if you do not have them a free pixel grabber is in your future. I use the one in ColorImpact---my fave color exploration software package--- a lot. I also have Color Cop and PicPick (just be careful not to download bloatware you do not want with either).

I have been surprisingly pleased with Exotic Colors and Color Grab and the silly camera in my Android Smartphone for starting color explorations and grabbing RGB codes from photos. Both are free applications.
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I was thinking along the lines of "Holy snack cakes, Batman!"

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Good grief.
Just Perfect Color
Just Perfect Color
Posted 42 minutes ago
No such thing as good grief but in psychotherapy circles.I am still not over my pets dying. I miss my Mom at times too. She taught me much about how to look at color.

I really know you mean well and you are pissed. I guess why not vent here? If other comments take you more in the direction you expected? Hope it works out for you.

You seem vibrant, creative and energetic? Sure this is the cause meant for you? Sure you can see possible outcomes at the end of it? I don't see any benefits at all to shaming people on a worldwide, internet, quite public site like this.

That was all I was trying to convey, long winded as I can be.

I wish you no harm or discomfort. You seem nice and passionate too---but with a bee in your bonnet that you need to decide how much attention and emotion you can spend on it. .
Posted 57 minutes ago
Good grief.
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Just Perfect Color
Posted 1 hour ago
eighteyed? Are you absolutely sure where the lines of intellectual property fall? I certainly do not mean to corner you because I really do agree with you. I admire you for starting this thread and venting. It cannot head anywhere good though unless people pick up some torches and ptichforks and storm some castle.

And please, how can there be an internal campaign on a site like this? I breeze through it without logging in. Does that make me external and not able to see shaming going on? I don't think so. This site reaches people all over the World.

Of course I despise the concept of people stealing IP and I live off royalties to a point. A color or color scheme itself is not protected by a copyright; unless represented in graphic or visual form and first creation can be established. I guess near everybody could file suit against others on this site for plagarism. I could learn to be angry like you for all those who find my hues, and values of them, for purple and lime green.

"Hang them," I think. We have not had good family entertainment on weekends since we stopped the practice. Most of the bandits you suggest plague the site will be lone wolves. But what if they have baby children, puppies, and kittens? Do you really want to see the adults they loved shunned on a color sharing site? Of course I joke but I don't see shaming people in public, ever, in any way, a good thing.

What sends me into fits is people who suggest whatever you find on the internet, you are free to use with attribution. If it shows up in forum comments here, why would you expect others to even think twice about "borrowing" colors, patterns, or repeat designs? Please explain to me the difference.

I have family who are lawyers, and gone now, is a cousin that was a federal judge. She was extremely nice but clever. The first thing she probably would ask you is if you brought a federal IP sort in front of you?

How many songs do you have on your music player or phone? Do you pay for a subscription to something like Spotify? Did you pay for any songs you downloaded to your listening devices? She would just want to know as you claimed horrible damages resulting from someone on ColourLovers replicating and stealing a pattern design or color palette of yours. I don't think she would hold it against you since not pertinent to your case.

I am really trying to get through to you that you face more danger continuing on this shaming path of yours if someone reacts and turns back on you than you can imagine. Do you have money to defend a deformation suit? You do know you have to defend a lawsuit to some point, no matter how absurd, a judgement could be entered against you? Is this crusade of your really worth it?

If I were you, and I know it is hard, just drop this. I don't want to seem trite, snippy or cliche, but pick your battles. Suck it up and move on. It is going to happen more and more on any public site sharing creativity. If you cannot handle it, and I certainly would not blame you, leave ColourLovers. You will miss it though.

When the real war over all this starts? I will be right on your side or two steps ahead screaming, "For Creatives!", with my face cleverly painted and a sword held over my head like Mel Gibson did once in some movie. You are not getting me into a kilt even with pattern designs from this site though.
Just Perfect Color
Just Perfect Color
Posted 2 hours ago
So, your are still considering options and you have the time do so for a bit longer?
Many color programs will let you import a photo, click your mouse, and they will kick back the percentage of color and digital codes for the pixels. Free and cheaper ones will only allow you to see so many. Mine is adjustable. I have mentioned it before, and I don't mean to hype it, but Color Impact is what I still use, all the time, in retirement to help family, friends and former clients stuck now. I think you can still try it full-featured for a time. It is only $30-40 for a license though.

Nice thing about things like fully configured Color Impact, or its competitors, is once you have colors abstracted, from say the New Zealand landscape where at least the background you want to emulate came from, you can be absolutely be near abusive in exploring them. You can build custom color wheels with a mouseclick. And of course explore palettes. Once you find one you like you can massage the values (lighter darker) of the colors you like. The blender will let you adjust the increments around both sides of the color wheel you built or let you see the line from one color to the next directly. You can even adjust color noise. Handy if you are looking for cool looking napkin color for your tables, or flowers that fit a color scheme.

One thing brides seem to experience these days is disappointment when having gone through what you are going through, they cannot find fabrics in the right color? People forget that places like Spoonflower are just spitting process color fabric dye. Their machines don't care if they print patterns or solid color on fabric.It is all CMYK to them. Just like your home inkjet but probably better tweaked for color accuracy.

I think Spoonflower, and others like it, only offer to print one side of fabric though. I have heard there are "perfecting" (carry over from the printing industry meaning a printing press could print both sides at the same time) machines in design centers around the World.

I am absolutely clueless about most fabric and thread stuff, save or how color gets in and those optioins. I had a person on staff that dealt with our clients into such stuff.

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