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4.0 out of 5 stars A concise and useful resource for checking press colours, 15 May 2002
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I'd lost my pantone colour chart and needed a quick print-colour reference guide to choose some colours for an ad. I came across this totally useful little book by chance and it has since become indispensible. Colours are grouped in "themes" with swatches of flat colour and illustration examples so you can quickly see how they look in combination. Palettes are also laid against black and white backgrounds - very useful. All swatch colours are listed with their CMYK and RGB components. It would probably be a mistake to use this as a bullet-proof reference, but for magazine publishing, I reckon the colour information is accurate enough. A great resource for colour inspiration when starting a design and small enough to carry in your pocket. Great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty midget of a book!, 26 April 2006
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This pocket sized wonder stands at only 4.5" wide and 1" thick. With a simple no-nonsense layout, there are 4 different colour blends on each one of its 350 pages. Each colour blend is displayed in 3 ways: the colours in stripes next to each other, then in a small repeat pattern, then in a simple picture. All these make it easy to see how the colours will work on yourr project. (if you click on the small thumbnail of the book at the top of this page, then you can browse through the first few pages of this book to see just what i mean) Every colour has the CMYK, RGB and hexidecimal codes with it for reference.

the colour batches are divided into 'moods'. for example, the first batch is BASIC primary and secondary colours, then there are the ACTIVE colours, then the QUIET colours etc.. this again makes it easy to pinpoint the colour combinations to the type of mood that you are trying to convey in your work.

At the very back of the book is a template page where you can cut out a small square shaped hole that fits exactly over each of the colour combination swatches, so that you can see what they look like in isolation against a plain black or plain white background.

I guess that this book is timeless and is one of those that will provide real-world assistance. This will probably be one of the most used and most useful tools on your bookshelf....and to think that comes in such a small package...real pocket dynamite!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible, 6 Jun 2005
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A superb little book containing over 1100 colour combinations identified by CMYK and RGB values. It's divided into 11 chapters by colour pallete (eg. Muted, Rich, Natural etc), with each chapter subdivided into a number of complimentary colour combinations. No waffle, just swatches.
This is one of those rare books you'll still be using every day in 10 years time, when the pages are dog-eared and held together by selotape. If you design for print you need this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for colour look-ups, 4 May 2014
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The little books has been really useful to me as my computer screen isnt entirely reliable when it comes to colour reproduction, so I use the book as a reference for the CMYK codes (waaay cheaper than a pantone book and perfect for the way Im printing). Only thing is the book is very small, so some of the images arte also very small. Would be nice to have a full sized version of this :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 16 April 2014
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Bought this for my son who is studying graphics. Really helpful for him in closing colour schemes and I love it for helping matching clothing and home fabrics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't find that book anywhere, 3 Jan 2013
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Couldn't find that book anywhere. Good, with main colour combinations. Used but in very good state. recommended to any designer or people working with colours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars all right, 15 Dec 2012
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no problem the book is good and has arrived just in time, thanks at jim krause and to the good sender
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little colour book, 6 Oct 2011
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I bought this book ages ago and have used it often in my design work, especially when I have been stuck for ideas using colour. It never fails. Well worth the money. Very please with my purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but.., 21 July 2011
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Good book but it would have been very useful if he had provided hex values for all the colour combinations that he demonstrates, as it is they have to be translated from RGB to hex which is easy enough using one of the many converters on the web but it is yet another step to do!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reference, 16 Sep 2008
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This handily sized guide is great as an inspiration for that next colour scheme that you need. Organised into 2,3 and 4 colour groups it gives you instant ideas for print or web. Colours and their combinations are also grouped into collections like 'active', 'quiet', 'progressive' etc which again is a useful touch.

It's worth noting that each colour is listed with its CMYK and RGB references - just plug them straight into your design program.
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