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    Typography Animation Inspiration – Growing Letters

    Found this amazing typography video on Vimeo. A great inspiration, following is the description from Vimeo:

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – and behold! The end title sequence for the feature Beautiful Creatures, the latest paranormal romance film from Warner Bros. Pictures.

    Set in a fictional South Carolina town, the film’s nature elements factor into the mossy silhouettes and tree-laden background of the end titles. The team also individually customized each environment to incorporate the film’s theme of Light versus Dark. Which will you choose?

    http://vimeo.com/59772664
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    5 Vehicle Wrap Tutorials plus Installation Instructions

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    Vehicle wraps are a clever way to truck around a design, deliver a message or promote a product. If done well, a vehicle wrap can bring a smile to brighten the daily commute. Assorted vinyl and removable adhesive materials are now available to carry an original graphic design you create in Illustrator or Photoshop or other design programs. Whether partial wraps or whole vehicle wraps for cars, vans, buses, motorcycles, and any form of land transport, there’s much room for creative, well-planned graphics. Painting directly onto a vehicle surface is no longer necessary.

    The shape of each vehicle presents endless possibilities for creating 3D effects. Optical illusions take advantage of perspective to create visual depth. No need to worry how to make a wrap fit the vehicle surface accurately. Free and premium vehicle templates are available, or you can take your own measurements of the specific vehicle model, to be sure.

    The following tutorials present the possibilities available in creating a vehicle wrap. How to use all the surface, qualities, shapes, dimensions of the medium to your advantage. How to create a design to stand out in the blur of similar-looking vehicle wraps. How to take into consideration stillness and motion, speed, how long the vehicle wrap will be on the road. Even which side of the vehicle the design will pack the most punch, make people ask, “What was that?” Literally turn heads. And be remembered for a long time to come.

    VEHICLE WRAP TUTORIALS:

    Vehicle Wrap Tutorial, by Jesse Rand

    Vehicle Wrap Tutorial, by Jesse Rand

    Car Vehicle Wrap Design Process & Tutorial, by Jacob Cass

    Car Vehicle Wrap Design Process & Tutorial, by Jacob Cass

    Car Vehicle Wrap Design Process & Tutorial, by Jacob Cass

    Create A Vehicle Wrap in CorelDraw, by Discovery Center Team

    Create A Vehicle Wrap in CorelDraw, by Discovery Center Team

    How to Design a Vehicle Wrap in Photoshop Without a Template-Revisited

    How to Design a Vehicle Wrap in Photoshop Without a Template-Revisited

    Vehicle Wrap Mock-Up, by Ronald de Guzman

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    VEHICLE WRAP INSTALLATION TUTORIALS:

    ApplicationNation Vehicle Wrap Tutorials, by MACtacNA – 11 Videos

    3M Vehicle Wrapping Techniques

    http://youtu.be/RC54fjPTxZU

    Car Wrap by Avery Dennison

    LG Hausys Car Wrapping Tutorial

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    Logo Design Process and Tutorials

    Logo design is the process of creating the symbol for any brand, cause, company, product, or service. This symbol, called the logo, is the basic component of visual identity. Logo design benefits from the shared language of all cultures. Shapes, outlines, text treatments, and other visual marks serve as symbols that anyone can immediately connect to what it represents.

    It is a common misconception that a logo design makes or breaks a product. Far too much weight is put on a logo. It is true that a logo can either be memorable or forgettable. But the value, worth, quality, purpose, intention, essence of the brand or product must first be established, before the logo can stand for something. Only then does the best logo design matter. There are examples of expensive logo design flops, as well as smart but mismatched attempts. The best logo design comes from cooperative collaboration between client and designer to produce the mark that will then stand for the brand.

    The following tutorials demonstrate the skills and techniques involved in logo design. Whether it be a partial arc, layered shapes, or tapered curves, there are more details to even the simplest logo design than first appears. It is an education in itself to view the preliminary sketches and manually-drawn construction guides, before digital rendering in vector programs like Adobe Illustrator. Logo design processes also show how to present a series of logo choices for the client, and visualize its application in various aspects of visual identity.

    Following are some case studies that outline the process taken to create great logos.

    ITV Logo Creation, by Matt Rudd

    ITV Logo Creation, by Matt Rudd

    ITV Logo Creation, by Matt Rudd

    Iconfinder Logo – Redesign Process by SoftFacade

    Iconfinder Logo – Redesign Process by SoftFacade

    Iconfinder Logo – Redesign Process by SoftFacade

    Apotek Hjartat Logo, by BVD (Blidholm Vagnemark Design)

    Apotek Hjartat Logo, by BVD (Blidholm Vagnemark Design)

    Apotek Hjartat Logo, by BVD (Blidholm Vagnemark Design)

    Firefox Logo Design Sketches, by Martijn Rijven

    Firefox Logo Design Sketches, by Martijn Rijven

    Firefox Logo Design Sketches, by Martijn Rijven

    Midwest Brewers Brawl – Logo Design Process & Case Study, by Jamie Wayne

    Midwest Brewers Brawl – Logo Design Process & Case Study, by Jamie Wayne

     Midwest Brewers Brawl – Logo Design Process & Case Study, by Jamie Wayne

    Blickfang Media, Logo Design by Ramin Nasibov

    Blickfang Media, Logo Design by Ramin Nasibov

    Blickfang Media, Logo Design by Ramin Nasibov

    Gifts Workshop, Logo Design by Shamil Karim & Kristina Udovichenko

    Gifts Workshop, Logo Design by Shamil Karim & Kristina Udovichenko

    Gifts Workshop, Logo Design by Shamil Karim & Kristina Udovichenko

    Restaurante Cabeçudas, Logo by Jazz Design

    Restaurante Cabeçudas, Logo by Jazz Design

    Restaurante Cabeçudas, Logo by Jazz Design

    Brand Idendtity, by Arun Raj

     LateNightBlogger - Brand Identity, by Arun Raj

    LateNightBlogger - Brand Identity, by Arun Raj

    The Anatomy Of A Successful Logo Redesign, by Belinda Lanks

    The Anatomy Of A Successful Logo Redesign, by Belinda Lanks

    Florabella, Logo Design by Mohd Almousa

    Florabella, by Mohd Almousa

    Florabella, Logo Design by Mohd Almousa

    Logo Design Process: Everything Peanut Butter, by Garrett Sanderson

    Logo Design Process: Everything Peanut Butter, by Garrett Sanderson

    Logo Design Process: Everything Peanut Butter, by Garrett Sanderson

    Logo Design Process: BFrame, by Danami

    Logo Design Process: BFrame, by Danami

    Simfost, Logo Design by Ihsan Farhan

    Simfost, Logo Design by Ihsan Farhan

    Simfost, Logo Design by Ihsan Farhan

    Title Treatment for Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” by Michael Doret

    Title Treatment for Disney's “Wreck-It Ralph” by Michael Doret
    Title Treatment for Disney's “Wreck-It Ralph” by Michael Doret
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    31 Character Design Illustration and Painting Tutorials

    Character design produces figures that capture the imagination just as much, or sometimes even more than real-life characters. The mystery of character design is how even the simplest lines can produce memorable personalities. Their appeal reaches across cultures and languages. These characters take on a life of their own and artists who redesign them take care to maintain their original charm.

    Character design can range from the simplest line drawings to fully fleshed out characters. They figure in stories, books, cartoons, comic strips, advertisements, animated movies, and now digital, computer-animated games and platforms. Charlie Brown, Hello Kitty, Pillsbury doughboy, and Michelin Man are examples of designed characters whose appeal, charm, personality has endured through the years.

    The figures in the following tutorials may look deceptively plain, but each tutorial contains surprising techniques and secrets for rendering concepts and simplifying tasks. Even doodling or free sketching can yield the most unexpected ideas for character design.

    How to Create Vector Mascot Characters Using a Graphic Tablet, by Iaroslav Lazunov

    How to Create Vector Mascot Characters Using a Graphic Tablet, by Iaroslav Lazunov

     

    How to Illustrate a Cute Little Octopus Mascot, by Chapolito

    How to Illustrate a Cute Little Octopus Mascot, by Chapolito

     

    Character Design Tutorial, by Apurba Debnath

    Character Design Tutorial, by Apurba Debnath

     

    Create a Cute and Simple Panda With Basic Shapes in Adobe Illustrator, by Nataliya Dolotko

    Create a Cute and Simple Panda With Basic Shapes in Adobe Illustrator, by Nataliya Dolotko

     

    Character Design Tutorial by Mademoiselle-Nuit

    Character Design Tutorial by *Mademoiselle-Nuit

     

    How to Create a Clean Vector Outline, in Five Minutes

    How to Create a Clean Vector Outline, in Five Minutes, by Iaroslav Lazunov

     

    Create a Cartoon Character Using Adobe Illustrator, by Mustag Firin

     

    Create a Resting Owl Scene With Brushes and Pattern in Adobe Illustrator, by Jude Christoper Roxas

    Create a Resting Owl Scene With Brushes and Pattern in Adobe Illustrator by Jude Christoper RoxasCreate a Cartoon Character Using Adobe Illustrator by Mustag Firin

     

    Create a Dirty Water Drop Character

    Create a Dirty Water Drop Character

     

    How to Create a Fun, Red-Haired Boy Character, by Gavin Steele

    How to Create a Fun, Red-Haired Boy Character, by Gavin Steele

     

    Craft an Original Character in Illustrator

    Craft an Original Character in Illustrator

     

    How to Improvise Cheerful Forest Character Design in Adobe Illustrator, by Mary Winkler

    How to Improvise Cheerful Forest Character Design in Adobe Illustrator by Mary Winkler

     

    How to Create a Vector Character Using Adobe Illustrator DrawScribe plugin

    How to Create a Vector Character Using DrawScribe plugin

     

    How to Create a Cute Robot Game Sprite using SSR in Adobe Illustrator, by Michelle Todd

    How to Create a Cute Robot Game Sprite using SSR in Adobe Illustrator, by Michelle Todd

     

    Fun Vector Monster Character Illustrator Tutorial, by Chris Spooner

    Fun Vector Monster Character Illustrator Tutorial, by Chris Spooner

     

    A Cow As Chinese New Year Zodiac Character, by kailoon

    A Cow As Chinese New Year Zodiac Character, by kailoon

     

    Create an Angry Bird Character in Photoshop

    Create an Angry Bird Character in Photoshop

     

    Create Abstract Characters, by Zutto

    Create Abstract Characters, by Zutto

     

    Cute Monster Character Tutorial in Photoshop

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    How To Create Cartoon Dexter Character Illustration

    How To Create Cartoon Dexter Character Illustration

     

    Draw a Cartoon Monster Character in Photoshop, by Mohammad Jeprie

    Draw a Cartoon Monster Character in Photoshop by Mohammad Jeprie

     

    How to Create a Vector Character, by Michael Chanter

    How to Create a Vector Character, by Michael Chanter

     

    Create a Cartoon Car Similar to Cars Movie, by Aaron

    Create a Cartoon Car Similar to Cars Movie, by Aaron

     

    Character Design 101 by JazzSiyArt

    Character Design 101by *JazzSiyArt

     

    How To Draw a Character of Chinese Boy Using Photoshop, by Mokhtaar Faqeeh

    How To Draw a Character of Chinese Boy Using Photoshop, by Mokhtaar Faqeeh

     

    Draw and Color Anime Girl Step by Step, by Xia Taptara

    Draw and Color Anime Girl Step by Step, by Xia Taptara

     

    Creating Avatar Navi Character in Photoshop

    Creating Avatar Navi Character in Photoshop

     

    Making Of ‘Pardon Me’, by Y. Soner Yurtseven

    Making Of 'Pardon Me', by Y. Soner Yurtseven

     

    Create a Game Character: Jouster – Part 1, by Adam Fisher

    Create a Game Character: Jouster - part 1, by Adam Fisher

     

    Character Design: Making Of ‘Nyx’, by Dominus

    Making Of 'Nyx', by Dominus

     

    Character Design Digital Painting Tutorial, by Xia Taptara

    Character Design Digital Painting Tutorial pilot, by Xia Taptara

     

    While it’s true that raw talent and art education are an ideal background, these tutorials present instructions about how to translate ideas to paper, that add to the basic foundation of anyone who wants to learn character design.

    With Photoshop or Illustrator, or other bitmap and vector software you can employ various tools to render lines and curves, enhancing with brushes and strokes. Addition of simple shapes and keylines can lift characters from the feeling of flatness. You’ll also pick up essentials about poses, actions, expressions, perspective, color choices, lighting and shading, for more complex character design. Hope you enjoyed this selection 🙂

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    Product Package Design Tutorials

    Packaging design catches the eye. It can make someone stop and look at a product, or just walk on by. A sleek shape, tasteful colors, uncluttered information, attractive graphics, and touch-friendly details make a huge difference. The effectiveness of good package design can make a product stand out from hundreds of others on a shelf in a store.

    Not all of us get into packaging design as a profession. We may need to learn it even while in a totally unrelated line of work. You could end up doing package design for a present, a friend’s request, family event, wedding favors, company project, or a product proposal. While package design is in the realm of a full graphic design education, it is still possible to learn. Hands-on work will require you to take apart boxes much like you did as a child. Then folding flaps to put it back together. This begins the meticulous work of package design.

    For those who really need to learn packaging design, you will likely use Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. At the same time, you will need to sketch and test prototypes over and over. Learn where and how to put the dieline for a die cut design, among other things. And make a package design that printers can work with.

    The following tutorials contain several guides and techniques range from simple to more advanced aspects of package design. Some of these tutorials also lead to links where you may also download free packaging design templates:

    Create a Coffee Cup Mock Up in Adobe Illustrator Using the 3D Revolve Effect, by Cheryl Graham

    Create a Coffee Cup Mock Up in Adobe Illustrator Using the 3D Revolve Effect, by Cheryl Graham

    Create a 3D Package Mock-up in Photoshop CS5, by megarockblog

    Creating a 3D Package Mock-up in Photoshop CS5, by megarockblog

    Illustrator Tutorial 3D Bottle and Label Wrapping, by Glazefolio Design

    Create a Packet of Potato Chips in Photoshop, by Ainsley

    Create a Packet of Potato Chips in Photoshop, by Ainsley

    Mockup Blister Packaging in Photoshop, by Diego Sanchez

    Mockup Blister Packaging in Photoshop, by Diego Sanchez

    Product Logo and Packaging Graphic Design in Illustrator and Photoshop, by Lugosiart

    Carton Packaging Design in 5 minutes – Adobe Illustrator, by Ismail Elmakhloufi

    How to Make a Soda Can Mockup in Photoshop, by Cris

    How to Make a Soda Can Mockup in Photoshop, by Cris

    Basics of Packaging Design, by Mario Troise

    Basics of Packaging Design, by Mario Troise

    How To Resize Packaging, by Elle Phillips

    How To Resize Packaging, by Elle Phillips

    Package Design Tutorial – How to Create Product Packaging That Sells, by Clay Towne

     Package Design Tutorial – How to Create Product Packaging That Sells, by Clay Towne

    How to Make a 3D Mockup of a Box, by bornKgotsoul

    How to Create Packaging Mockups Using Warp Tool in Photoshop, by Kevin Keeton

    Design a Product Package Prototype in Photoshop, by Gabrielle

    Design a Product Package Prototype in Photoshop, by Gabrielle

    How To Create A Dieline for Your Product Package Design, by Clay Towne

    How To Create A Dieline for Your Product Package Design, by Clay Towne

    Create a Shampoo Advertisement in Photoshop, by Patrick Lopez

    Create a Shampoo Advertisement in Photoshop, by Patrick Lopez

    Create a Stylish Coffee Cup With Smart Objects, by Gorm Haraldsson

    Create a Stylish Coffee Cup With Smart Objects, by Gorm Haraldsson

    3D Packaging Presentation Tutorial, by Sumit Roy

    3D Packaging Presentation Tutorial,  by Sumit Roy

    Chocolate Packaging Box, by Diana Toma

    Chocolate Packaging Box, by Diana Toma

    Packaging Design, by James Thompson

    Packaging Design, by James Thompson

     Live or Die Packaging Tutorial, by Computer Arts

    Live or Die Packaging Tutorial, by Computer Arts

    Package design can be engrossing. You may find yourself collecting all sorts of boxes, spouts, packets, tins, bottles, cans, boards, die-cuts with assorted shapes and details. Don’t forget how to use recyclable and sustainable materials available to make effective non-wasteful package design!

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    28 Pen Tool Drawing Tutorials from Beginner to Advanced

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    The Pen tool is the most basic essential tool used to create vector graphics. With it we can draw smooth, precise lines, Bézier curves, and complex shapes. We can transform rough, tentative sketches into flowing vector contours. The great thing about vector images is that they won’t lose resolution or quality no matter at what size they are printed. The Pen tool is a tool used in both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator and various other bitmap and vector graphics programs.
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    Hand-Lettering in Summer Designs

    Hand-lettering communicates in a way that digital can’t.  Whenever electronically-polished designs reach a peak, people revert back to accessible and organic designs. And whether the imagery brings to mind the open road or a windswept beach, it’s perfect for summer.

    Artist who do hand-lettering usually have the skills of both a calligrapher and a draftsman. They form design with the sense of an illustrator. They draw letters to form a single unified design, not just as components for blocks of text.

    The tools used for hand-lettering or hand-drawn lettering are pens, brushes, and graphite. Hand-lettering artists usually begin and finish projects without digital manipulation. But others polish their hand-lettered designs using software applications, vector pen tools, and custom-made brushes. Aside from ink or digital brushes, hand-lettering artists also use paint, chalk, or grains, seeds, or leaves.

    This year, as observed by Chelsea Kardokus, companies have picked up on this hand-lettering feel. Their ad designs now combine an all caps or uppercase + script type mix.

    But nothing comes close to genuine hand-lettering, as the following examples show:

    Skateboard Deck Design by Davide Pagliardini

    Skateboard deck design by Davide Pagliardini

    Chalkboard Lettering Stationery Set by Lisa Nemetz

    Chalkboard lettering on stationery by Lisa Nemetz

    Fuel Motorcycles Apparel branding by BMD Design

    Fuel Motorcycles apparel branding by BMD Design

    Jacksonville Magazine cover lettering by Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn

    Jacksonville magazine handlettering by Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn

    Hand-lettering by Christina Berkowitz

    Handlettering by Christina Berkowitz

    Poster by Jon Contino

    Good Times poster by Jon Contino

    Hand-lettered design by Alison Carmichael, for Twinings

    Hand-lettering by Alison Carmichael for Twinings

    Chalk hand-lettering on board, by Aurelie Maron

    Chalk handlettering on board by Aurelie Maron

    Hand-lettered magazine layout by Sean McCabe

    Rachael Ray Magazine handlettering by Sean McCabe

    Rachael Ray Magazine handlettering by Sean McCabe

    “Cows Are Really Meaty” – Hand-lettered illustration by Steve Simpson

    Cows Are Really Meaty by Steve Simpson

    “Spoonful of Sugar” – Hand-lettered umbrella by Leen Sadder

    Spoonful of Sugar by Leen Sadder

    Hand-lettering in designs is now widely called “hand-lettered typography” because both hand-lettering and type can now be worked in the digital medium. But as emphasized in this article by Joseph Alessio, lettering is different from typography. Though both are about letters, each has its own distinction and are best understood with its own terms and purpose. Lettering, calligraphy, and typography–each is a unique skill that infuses the other.

    Hand-lettering was limited in its specific historical period to make copies, keep records, send messages. But hand-lettering today reflects the influences of all the design styles we have visual records of. Graphic designers can avail of these styles to create modern hand-lettering projects.

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    7 Online Color Tools to Use in Your Graphic Designs

    Use the right tools for any design project with our list of color online programs that’s efficient and fast to provide solutions that works for graphic artists, web designers and anyone who needs inspiration for their color scheme. Selecting and deriving that perfect color palette should also be convenient and fun. We have listed a diversified list of online color tools that have the best interfaces to interact with.

    1. ColoRotate

    If you are looking for a fun and quick way to create stunning color schemes for your graphic designs then this 3 dimension interactive interface is the may be the best tool for you. As you open the ColoRotate web app you’ll be greeted with a giant spinning 3D radish-shaped spectrum of colors with dots on. It has multiple ways to view your app where multidimensional nature of colors and the relationships between colors are featured.

    Aside from its unique interface, the ColoRotate app allows precision adjustments. The precise view allows the user to control the hue or tint with its eight parameter joystick control in multiple color spaces such as RGB, CMYK or HLS. This gets users more accurate changes to individual or even whole palette colors.

    Another great thing about ColoRotate is it can connect to Photoshop so artists you can tweak your images effortlessly. The web-based color generator is also available for iPad.

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    2. ColorJack

    This popular color scheme generator is useful for finding a fast color scheme for your project. Colorjack is a color scheme generator with a visualizer that has colors from 27 libraries which includes the popular Crayola. For people with some view limitation, ColorJack’s Color Sphere allows the user to select the right color scheme supporting 18 formulas and 9 color blindness simulations.

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    For a straightforward color tool ColorJack is a good choice plus you can export your color schemes with a format that’s compatible with Photoshop and other popular programs used by graphic designers.

    3. Kuler

    Adobe’s Kuler is the best tool for designers who want to share their color schemes with fellow color enthusiasts. The social network color theme service allows the user to create, explore and rate color themes and download them for Adobe Creative Suite 2 or 3. Aside from themes provided by the Adobe community there are also pre-defined themes available from the program plus you can extract colors from images or from a base color. There are 5 colors that can be extracted from a color source and each color can be adjusted through the color wheel and sliders for red, blue and green. You can assign titles or tags on color schemes when saving so it easily searched and viewed in the database.

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    4. Color Scheme Designer

    With a clean and elegant interface, Color Scheme Designer is a popular choice by graphic artists and photographers. Equally functional as it is easy on the eyes. You can create color schemes, get randomized color schemes, and apply rules to make specific color schemes. It also works well with many different drawing formats in real-time.

    Simply rotate and adjust the color wheel to select your base color to quickly generate values. As a color tool app you can sketch your colors through a simple dropdown menu and an RGB slider making color scheming pretty straightforward and fast. A ubiquitous color picker makes navigation even more convenient. The colorblind simulation is a plus that will ensure usability for all types of users. It can simulate how people with vision deficiencies see your palette.

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    5. Color Wizard

    The main concept of Color Wizard is that the user enters a color, then the Color Wizard automatically returns matching colors derived from the base color previously selected. Aside from generating the said five color palette, the program also suggest a set of hue, saturation and shade variations for your base color. Color schemes are actually derived from the base color’s complementary, split complementary, analogous colors and other variations. If you are looking for other color scheme inspirations you’ll find the randomize function a great tool in generating color palettes that you might have not thought of. The colors are in hex code values.

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    6. COLORlovers

    Similar to Kuler, this color scheme designer tool uses a social network theme for color enthusiasts and artists to discuss create and share their color schemes and patterns keeping up with the latest trends on web colors. An estimated 300,000 designers and color-minded individuals are now enjoying this online interface with 6.2 million colors in 2.6 million color palettes on its database so there’s always a fresh inspiration to every project. The modern UI style interface makes easy and fast navigation on the program.

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    7. Color Explorer

    The web based and app color tool boasts functionality as it has many useful tools for working with color schemes. Color Explorer has a comprehensive interface that covers the standard tools while incorporating more complex adjustment tools for managing and evaluating color palettes. Using scientific and theoretical models the eight color-matching algorithms are great in exploring new color schemes. Users can also explore the color libraries, conversion and analysis for an elaborate color scheming.

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