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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1 edition (Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891348573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891348573
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 23.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
I snapped up The Designer's Guide to Color Combinations as soon as I stumbled across it, and it has been the most useful and fun colour book I have purchased in years.
What is unique about Cabarga's approach to colour is his understanding that our perception of how various colours work in combination is cultrally based, and changes over time. A colourful tile that might look fashionable in the late-19th century can look quaint or garish in the 1990s.
Cabarga presents literally hundreds of historical colour combinations based on actual period designs. What makes this useful is that each design comes complete with CMYK codes which can be plugged directly into Photoshop, or converted (roughly) into HTML colour codes.
It is no exageration to say that this book has opened me up to a world of colour combinations that I wouldn't have considered in the past. Great stuff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mikkel Lauritsen on 15 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was introduced to this book by a customer, who wanted a website done 3 years ago. When I came to the meeting, the customer had already strict ideas about the colour combinations he wanted to use. He showed me the exact colour combination in Cabargas book. The design phase was so simple, because I could follow every CMYK-code. In the end my customer got the website he asked for.
When I came home I rapidly ordered the book and now, it's always on my desk when I design. I use it as an inspiration, for full colour integration replicas or when I want to gain knowledge about certain design periods of colour use.
I strongly recommend this masterpiece.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Shaw on 16 May 2003
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps it is just me, but this book offered me nothing I could not have just come up with myself.
The colours are not shown in a way that is inspiring and would make you pick out one colour set over another and the layout leaves much to be desired.
90% of the pages are laid out in the same way.
You could quite easily get some colour sets from this, if you have the imagination to see how they could be used properly.
Hope someone finds it more use than me!
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