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Color Index 2: Over 1500 New Color Combinations. For Print and Web Media. CMYK and RGB Formulas. [Paperback]

Jim Krause
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12 Dec 2007

A new take on color combinations!

Color Index 2 contains hundreds of different color combinations, each with an accurate formula for both print and web use. You'll easily find the best colors for your piece with chapters organized by dominant hue, and with unique expansion palettes—sets of four related hues arranged from dark to light—that allow you to explore even more color combinations for limitless possibilities.

Designers, illustrators, photographers and fine artists alike will find this book an indispensable tool when it comes to finding color-related ideas and solutions. A companion to its best-selling predecessor, Color Index 2 offers even more colors and fresh new combinations of colors, making it easier than ever to create harmonious palettes for whatever project you're working on!

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: How Design Books (12 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581809387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581809381
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 12 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Krause has worked as a designer in the Pacific Northwest since the 1980s. He has produced award-winning work for clients large and small, including Microsoft, McDonald's, Kodak, Cingular Wireless, Washington Apples, Bell Helicopter, Levi Strauss, Paccar/Kenworth, Northern Trust and Seattle Public Schools. He is also the author and designer of the Index series available from HOW Design Books: Idea Index (2000), Layout Index (2001), Color Index (2002), Design Basics Index (2004), and Photo Idea Index (2005).

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3.0 out of 5 stars There are better products than this 29 July 2011
By Tabitha
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I bought this book trying to save money. I initially found this book useful, but I'm not keen on a lot of the colour combinations and the one time I did use a colour combination for a professional printing job, it printed much darker (could have been any number of reasons). I have now bought PANTONE 4-Colour Process Guide Set Euro (just the coated version) off ebay for half price. Much more useful and more logical when searching for a colour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful 29 Mar 2013
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I was a little surprised by the small size, but other than that the content is useful. I recommend it to people interested in the topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't do without this book 7 Jan 2013
By kl.d
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I bought it because I needed a quick color guide when I have no time to think or I couldn't find which color combination to use.
Now I can't do without it, it's a very helpful book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book 27 July 2012
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I keep this book on my desk and use it as my go to manual for colour. A must for anyone making art or crafting alike. It has clear colour combo's and an index of all the colours on the outer edge making it fast to flick through to what you are looking for.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but calibrate your monitor! 11 Feb 2008
By T. Denyer - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought the book was a little whacked until I realized my monitor was out of calibration. I used the Eye-One Display 2 Monitor Calibrator to calibrate my monitor and now I am getting colors that are VERY close to the book.

There isn't much to say about it except that is it very easy to use, very intuitive, and will have you making better color choices without having to learn one single thing about color theory. You can be completely color-theory illiterate and still make great choices using this book.

In fact, you could be writing hex code for html on a monochrome monitor, while using this book, and still get it right!

The book is split up into sections based on color. "Combination of blue hues" is the first section cluster. Within that section is "Blues + neighboring hues", "Blues + opposing hues", "Blues + neutral hues", and "Blues + black and tints of black." These section clusters continue for Reds, Violets, Orange, Yellow, and Greens. At the end you will find "Mixed combinations of Saturated Hues", "Mixed Combinations of Semi-muted Hues", "Mixed Combination of Neutrals and Muted Hues", Mixed Combination of Neutrals and Saturated Hues."

I highly recommend this book, just be sure that your monitor is calibrated before you start complaining about the book's color numbers being wrong (like I initially did.)
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Design Tool! 19 Nov 2008
By Ten8ious - Published on Amazon.com
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These are great little books. when I ordered it I thought it was going to be one full sized book that combined the contents of both the previous Color Index books, but it is not -- instead it's a "Box set" of the two little ones. Since I didn't own either of the previous indexes, I was not at all disappointed. I thought I was going to want it all in one book, but actually I like this better -- the two books are set up to be "searched" on different criteria -- sometimes you know what color scheme you want and sometimes you know what mood you want -- there's a book for each instance. I really appreciate that the color combinations are presented both in bar swatches and also in a mocked up design so you can really see the colors interact.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great color book for ideas! 7 Feb 2008
By heather_29 - Published on Amazon.com
This book is really helpful when you're stuck using the same color palettes over and over. His first book was good too, but this one is grouped by colors instead of being so random. It's a small book and great to have near computer for when you need a creative boost.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost my flair . . . until these 15 Aug 2008
By Brian T - Published on Amazon.com
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After working in newspaper/magazine graphic design for nearly 18 years, I was pretty much coasting on complacency and one gigantic mess of a color pallette that I used at work and at home until I finally picked up both of these Color Indexes (the first one as part of the The Designers Complete Index (Boxed Set) ), which finally broke the monotony, expecially on recent freelance gigs (to which I've returned after a time) where I wowed 'em with the kinds of color combos I USED to create off the top of my head, but before I fell into a rut when I realized just how undiscriminating a lot of clients really are. All of Krausse's "Index" books are essential for the beginner AND the jaded veteran, but the color books are crucial in an era of tight deadlines and mass competition from every flapjack with a home computer and a paint program who suddenly decides graphic design is easy. I hope Color Index 2 will one be day added to the box set as well, right alongside it's predecessor. These books are life-savers, and should be recommended products for anyone seriously considering a career in this field, not to mention those fearing they've been in it too long! ;)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good organization 27 Jan 2008
By S. Feng - Published on Amazon.com
this book is FULL of color combinations to the point it may be borderline overwhelming. the CMYK formulas are extremely helpful and is a handy small book to jog your inspiration. the side of the book shows what colors are where so you can easily turn to the section of the book you need and flip along. if you do lots of graphic design, this is great to have within arms reach
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