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Does anybody have any ideas about fresh color schemes when it comes to freelance projects?
You are not providing a lot of information. What kind of freelance projects? Type of client? Web design, print, paint, dye, etc.?

You might check out some of the annual color trend directories and conferences those who work with color offer. The paint company ones might be cheaper than those for the pattern repeat, fabric, fashion, etc. industries. In fact, a real---not box store---paint store will probably have some laying around for you to look at.

Look around and be observant too. I find I use my smartphone a lot to capture color around me and then explore scheming them. I like Exotic Colors and Color Grab on my phone. I forget if they were free Android applications or just dirt cheap. I wouldn't trust them for picking ink, screen or paint color but they provide a good starting point.

Once I have color codes, I play a lot with an old software favorite---Color Impact. You can build custom color wheels and explore all kinds of color relationships with it you cannot with any other programs I have found.

The paint company simulators are fun too and are free. You will need a paint code number or name though but with the RGB color code, just go to www.easyrgb.com and it will kick out the four closest paint or ink colors from major brands.

Part of my firm did a lot of color translation so we were not adverse to using tools outside the specific realm we were working in.

Of course, having your pixel grabber on your home machine handy is always a good idea.
To reiterate the previous reply, I'm limited in my recommendations without more specific information regarding the nature of the work. In general, I find combining familiar with more bold or decadent color schemes effective when appropriate. And the less jarring the better.
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suruha
suruha
3 hours ago
kimmyp wrote:
I have an A3 printer which I can print on borderless A3 paper giving me 30 cms (12") wide paper that I use for scrapbooking, covering notebooks, etc. I use my own designs only as I am reselling and most of the designs on here do not have a commercial license.


You can check some of the online stock sites, such as Pixabay. Often, there are patterns and they have liberal terms! You should be able to incorporate a pattern you find there and sell it or do whatever you like!
kimmyp
kimmyp
9 hours ago
I have an A3 printer which I can print on borderless A3 paper giving me 30 cms (12") wide paper that I use for scrapbooking, covering notebooks, etc. I use my own designs only as I am reselling and most of the designs on here do not have a commercial license.
MainAlice
MainAlice
9 hours ago
cool idea, if you post your work somewhere-share with us)
Trixxie
Trixxie
1 day ago
Hi Edith - thanks for posting this. I have been getting the same pop-up updates about Flash. I did the exact same thing as you. I close out the tab! I wonder what other scams might come our way. I just want to be here to color. *sigh*
Anyway, I truly appreciate you "just saying", Edith.
Thanks!
Trix :)
eighteyed
eighteyed
3 days ago
Over the past week I've been troubled by a page direct to some site telling me Apple wants me to update my Flash Player. Don't you dare do it. How do I know this is a scam? First, there's a questionable web address, and how would Apple know what Flash Player I have, and if they did, wouldn't they tell me in an offical update? Second, I know my Flash Player is current, because I went to the OFFICIAL Adobe site, and installed the latest current one just in case, and I still get these redirects. I think these adlinks that infest the CL pages now can tell through cookies that I enabled Flash (which is dormant by default in Apple software because it's a known malware risk) long enough to design a new template for the site. Third, since I know Flash software is vulnerable to hacking, any unasked-for communication about it through my browser is suspect.

I just wanted you to know these are happening, and to never never click on one of these pages. If you get one, close the tab immediately. If you ever question your Flash installation, download new software ONLY through the official Adobe site, adobe.com.

Just saying.

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