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#1 Shadows

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 03:59 PM

Realising the need for a more complete colour chart, I made one. :classic:

Much like most of what I do, it's a bit excessive. :blush:

It also serves as a guide to the colour names as used by Bricklink, Peeron, and LEGO, which makes it useful when looking things up on those sites. I know I've been stumped by some of the names that LEGO calls things, not even referring to standard green as green. They're funny like that. :wacko:

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I hope it serves you well in your customizing needs.

Remember: These are the official LEGO colours as are used for parts. They may use more or different ones when producing patterns on pieces, and some would be difficult to replicate, such as the metallics and pearl effects.

These colours are only a guide and should not be considered a limitation to what can be used. They simple serve to provide some uniformity to designs and help your designs to the pieces you would apply them to. Try to remember that some pieces are more readily available in certain colours and take that into account while designing. It isn't realistic to make a torso decal that requires a colour in which one has never been made, for example.

If you use a different chart, please feel free to post it in this thread as well.

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 04:46 PM

What, no Fabuland brown?

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This looks great! Nice work Imperialshadows. Thanks. :classic:

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 08:19 PM

Must have bin hard work... Btw nice to see vader's codes used  :classic:
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Posted 14 May 2008 - 08:51 PM

View PostDoubleT, on May 14 2008, 08:19 PM, said:

Must have bin hard work... Btw nice to see vader's codes used :classic:


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Posted 14 May 2008 - 09:32 PM

View PostDoubleT, on May 14 2008, 02:19 PM, said:

Btw nice to see vader's codes used  :classic:
The codes from both charts match Peeron's.

EDIT: Actually, Vader's chart doesn't resemble shadow's chart in any way, shape or form...

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 12:21 AM

Great work... ya know I'm tempted to make a program out of this... :wink:

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The codes from both charts match Peeron's.
He could be joking...





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Posted 15 May 2008 - 12:52 AM

Thank You!  This is great, nice job!

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 02:07 AM

View PostDoubleT, on May 14 2008, 03:19 PM, said:

Must have bin hard work... Btw nice to see vader's codes used  :classic:
Vader has codes? OH, you mean that he picked up his from the same place I did, Peeron. Gotcha. :wink:

Sadly, his chart was far too incomplete to be of any use and since it kept magically disappearing from the site, I started over fresh to prevent that problem from continuing. I'm sure it's accidental, of course. :wink:

Update: Well, comparing that copy from Brickshelf, they aren't even vaguely similar. I knew it was incomplete, but I didn't realise it didn't correspond with the widely accepted colour values. It's definitely not Peeron based. I don't know where that chart came from, or how anyone could confuse the two. :hmpf: :laugh:

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 04:47 PM

imperialshadows I'm close to having a prototype of that program; do you have this table in text form? It would save me a lot of typing.... :tongue:





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Posted 15 May 2008 - 09:24 PM

View PostSinner, on May 15 2008, 11:47 AM, said:

imperialshadows I'm close to having a prototype of that program; do you have this table in text form? It would save me a lot of typing.... :tongue:
Surprisingly, I do, minus the Sample block and my sig at the end. I know you love those. :grin:

I'll admit, you probably didn't expect that I did it this way, but maybe it will make your life easier. :classic:
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Posted 16 May 2008 - 06:21 AM

View Postimperialshadows, on May 16 2008, 06:24 AM, said:

Surprisingly, I do, minus the Sample block and my sig at the end. I know you love those. :grin:
It's perfect imperialshadows!  :sweet: It isn't finished yet, but I've finished enough to give you an idea of what I am doing. Download from here.





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Posted 16 May 2008 - 09:40 AM

View PostSinner, on May 16 2008, 01:21 AM, said:

It's perfect imperialshadows!  :sweet: It isn't finished yet, but I've finished enough to give you an idea of what I am doing. Download from here.
That's very interesting, sort of a "too lazy to look through the whole chart" cross referencing tool. I like it, I think. It has a simple elegance to it. :sweet:

I wonder if it would be possible to add a button to drop the hex code for the currently displayed colour into the clipboard, so it could then be pasted to the paint program of choice? Just an idea... :classic:

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 10:50 AM

View Postimperialshadows, on May 16 2008, 06:40 PM, said:

That's very interesting, sort of a "too lazy to look through the whole chart" cross referencing tool. I like it, I think. It has a simple elegance to it. :sweet:
That was the idea. I like your chart but it's too big for many screens... including mine.  :sceptic:

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I wonder if it would be possible to add a button to drop the hex code for the currently displayed colour into the clipboard, so it could then be pasted to the paint program of choice? Just an idea... :classic:
Very easily done. I'll add it next. :sweet:

EDIT: Done! I added some more colours too. I'll try to finish it tomorrow...





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Posted 21 May 2008 - 04:34 PM

Did you add Fabuland brown?

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 11:54 AM

Hello there.

I created a gimp color palette based on Imperialshadows color chart. The palette can be used in The Gimp and Inkscape. The color names are based on official Lego names.

Just place it in the corresponding palette folder.

In Linux it should be
for Gimp: $home/.gimp-2.2/palettes/
for Inkscape: $home/.inkscape/palettes/

In Windows it should be
C:\Documents and Settings\$USER\.gimp-2.2\palettes\
C:\Documents and Settings\$USER\.inkscape\palettes\

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 12:04 PM

View Postdarthgrieveous, on Jan 21 2009, 12:54 PM, said:

Hello there.

I created a gimp color palette based on Imperialshadows color chart. The palette can be used in The Gimp and Inkscape. The color names are based on official Lego names.

Just place it in the corresponding palette folder.

In Linux it should be
for Gimp: $home/.gimp-2.2/palettes/
for Inkscape: $home/.inkscape/palettes/

In Windows it should be
C:\Documents and Settings\$USER\.gimp-2.2\palettes\
C:\Documents and Settings\$USER\.inkscape\palettes\
Thanks for your contribution, darthgrieveous.

Although I don't use those program myself, I'm sure a lot of people will find your palette most useful :thumbup:

You may now want to introduce yourself in this thread, and have fun in the EB community :classic:


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Posted 23 February 2010 - 12:33 AM

Sorry to bump such an old topic. :blush:

Shadows your dark red is off just a bit. It's a little to dark. :sceptic:

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 03:31 AM

View Postclone killer, on Feb 22 2010, 06:33 PM, said:

Shadows your dark red is off just a bit. It's a little to dark. :sceptic:
As many times as they've changed it since Cafe Corner, lighter, darker, more brown :sick: ... I don't think it's possible to pick a 'right' colour anymore. I would, however, be happy to add an alternate to it if you can provide one. :sweet:

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 03:33 AM

Sure thing. :thumbup:

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 08:42 AM

I'll add the Official LEGO 2010 colour palette released some weeks ago:
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@ clone killer - thanks for your contribution, but could you please reduce the image size to 800 pixels max, especially since this is not a showcase of the design, but just a reference for the colour? Thank you :sweet:


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Posted 23 February 2010 - 08:54 AM

View Postclone killer, on Feb 22 2010, 09:33 PM, said:

Sure thing. :thumbup:
Yours is #81081B, which is definitely a bit more red and less dark. I'll add it to an update at some point also incorporating some of the new colours we were shown.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 08:20 PM

This isn't something that's graphical in form (it's a web-based chart), but I've found myself making good use of the official LEGO color list at Isodomos.com. It has LEGO's official RGB values for their colors, as well as official names, sample images, and a cross-reference with AFOL names. Of course, I've only really used it for BIONICLE art (indeed, I discovered after Peeron's two similar lists fell short of expectations), so I can't verify its accuracy at matching actual LEGO parts in these colors.

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 11:43 AM

What colors are the original from TLG? RGB or Pantone?

If it is RGB we need to know what kind of RGB, because it comes in different flavors (color-spaces). The values in the lists are of no use if we cannot tie them to the correct color-space.

RGB we have AdobeRGB, AppleRGB, sRGB, ColorMatchRGB and ProPhotoRGB (in Photoshop)
CMYK, we have European (Fogra), American (SWOP) and Japanese. CMYK, less of a problem because some of the Lego-colors are impossible to print with traditional CMYK, a printer with six or more colors is needed.

I took a random color, Blue/Bright blue.
CMYK values: 100/47/0/0
RGB values: 0D69AB or 13/105/171
Pantone 393C

Pantone is a standard so I will use that as a base.
Photoshop will translate Pantone 393C into:
sRGB 0/70/173
Adobe RGB 0/71/169
ProPhoto RGB 50/54/147
Apple RGB 0/52/160
Colormatch RGB 0/51/160

US Sheet coated 100/65/1/0
US Web coated 100/76/8/1
Europe Fogra 27 99/74/0/0
Europe Fogra 39 100/70/5/1
Japan Coated 100/71/3/0

Very far from the numbers in the list.

My screen is probably showing colors slightly different from yours. But you can see the difference between the colors.
I used different color-spaces but the same numbers. All of the RGB-colors are 13/105/171 and the CMYK-colors 100/47/0/0. They are all quite different from Pantone 293C.
Isodomos and Shadows RGB-color is very similar, identical, to Adobe RGB and sRGB (the two most common). But far away from the Pantone color.

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Screens and printers can be calibrated. And with some adjustments of the list we can get very close to perfection.
After that the only problem is TLGs inconsistency.



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