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Rainbow Dash Color Guide 2.0 [UPDATED] by kefkafloyd Rainbow Dash Color Guide 2.0 [UPDATED] by kefkafloyd

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New and improved! EDIT: Rainbow's yellow mane/cutie mark color was incorrectly listed. This has since been fixed, please redownload the updated copy.

All of the color guides are getting a revamp. The guides are all now two pages, one for digital applications (such as vectors, painting in Photoshop, 3D modeling, etc) and the other for print applications (customs, merch, T-shirts, et cetera). The PNG preview for the digital guide should be OK to use as well, so the PDF is optional.

If you use Google Chrome or Safari, they will attempt to open the file in-line with Google Docs PDF viewer. DO NOT EYEDROP THOSE COLORS. SAVE THE PDF FILE. The Google Docs viewer displays in a very low bit depth that results in dithering of the colors. Until Deviantart gives me a way to disable this, you should use the download file link to view the guide!

They are also now more space efficient, and will be able to scale better with ponies that have more colors than normal.

The Digital guides aim to be as close to the show as possible, while the print guides aim to be as close to official merch as possible. When there's no merch of that pony (e.g. background ponies) then the print colors will be based on my conversions which will aim to reproduce the show without looking too weird or have obvious gamut problems.

It is safe to eyedrop the digital colors or use the hex/RGB codes - the swatches should match up just fine. Just make sure you're working in sRGB color mode.

For the merch guides, the spot colors are rendered using CMYK alternate color space. This is based on my own examinations of the merch boxes, where the spot colors are simulated straight to process anyway.
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:iconminexpertyt:
MineXpertYT Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017
This helped me a lot thanks!
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:iconrabit2015:
Rabit2015 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 23, 2017
When I tried to design the character in a pony town thats what I got, by comparison trying to redesign Twilight Sparkle had been absolute nightmare because it was difficult to replicate her purple
mane:
ff0000
ffa500
ffff00
00ff00
00c0ff
6e016e

tail (supports only 5 default colors)
see above in reverse order, except green

eyes:
c60a8b

body:
87e2f4

extras eyeshadow: (thats just makes it look nice)
8d9ccc
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trixiesshow Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks, this was very useful! I'll give you credit. Honestly with as many of your color guides as I've used at this pont, you have more contribution on my work than I do.
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:iconpickfairy:
PickFairy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Used this color guide for Rainbow Dash here.... pickfairy.deviantart.com/art/R…

Who I used for.. pickfairy.deviantart.com/art/N…
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:iconthispegasus:
ThisPegasus Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Good for the color scheme on my new laptop
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:iconjesper6:
Jesper6 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Now I can make my BF4 emblem!

BRO-f'in-HOOF!

/)*
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:iconghiacciocubo:
GhiaccioCubo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Thanks :) I vectorized my first drawing
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:iconrainbowdashmlp8:
RainbowDashMLP8 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Umm... it needs to be about 20% cooler
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:iconxboxgamer969:
xboxgamer969 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
How do I view the PDF document, it won't let me :/
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Download and save it by using the DA download link.
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:iconbdgs:
Bdgs Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very useful. Thanks for this.
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:iconbroncaaron:
BroncAaron Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
I love you for this.
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:iconwinter---solstice:
Winter---Solstice Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Now I have the correct color so I can paint my real car.
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:iconphelpysan:
phelpysan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Pics or it didn't happen.
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:iconasclearascrystal:
AsClearAsCrystal Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconphelpysan:
phelpysan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Fair enough.
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:icontaxrevenue:
TaxRevenue Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you. =)
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:icondashiesparkle:
DashieSparkle Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome thanks. Now I can finally get the colour right on my Car in Forza. :)
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:icongt4tube:
GT4tube Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Guide* xD
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:icongt4tube:
GT4tube Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Nice! so amzing InfO!
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:iconmajoraswaker:
MajorasWaker Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Thank you very much, I have a feeling that this will come in handy in the future!
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:iconrainbowdash8904:
RainbowDash8904 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Finally something useful to help me finish up my custom xbox project. You sir, are a genius
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:iconkittyinequestria:
kittyinequestria Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really good reference! Thank you!
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:iconnotofmyworld:
notofMYworld Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Just a question: Why are there little vector artifacts in the file's background?
I imported the first page and found a bunch of gray fragments. The PDF is extremely slow to open in Adobe Reader and the file size is 5.9 MB.
Is that like a method of diverting plagiarizers from copying the file or is it just a mistake? Or is it something else?
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's a transparent effect of an ink splatter brush. It makes the gradient background less boring. I wanted to make it look pretty.

I could rasterize the background, but... Scaleabiliy. :V
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:iconnotofmyworld:
notofMYworld Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Ahh.
Weird thing is that it didn't render for me. My computer is probably weird...
Oh wait.. It's my screen. Too bright.
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:iconmjp2010:
MJP2010 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<3
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:icontryhardbrony:
TryHardBrony Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks alot man! :D I only use your coloring guides for my vectors! They're perfect!
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Allanax03 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
1E89D3*
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:icongoblin-time:
Goblin-Time Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
This is brilliant, thank you for posting this.
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:iconcatyclept:
Catyclept Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks best colour pallet by far :)
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:iconcercan:
Cercan Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconthisbemoo:
thisbemoo Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
PANTONES...You, sir, are AMAZING! :excited:
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:iconspiderweber:
spiderweber Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
I hate to be a bother, but I don't have illustrator, or photoshop to type in the pantones. is there any way you can do the RGB values along the sides like you have with the newer ones? that would greatly help. thank you for your time.
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
The RGB values are right there on page one, they're listed in hex format. This guide is in the newer format.
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:iconspiderweber:
spiderweber Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
sorry about that. I'm not quite sure how to read those numbers. ^^; How do you read hex format? my program only has the sliders.
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Usually the program will have an area in the picker where you can type the hex values. It's just hex values instead of octal values for RGB. 00 is 000, FF is 255.

You could always eyedrop the color swatches.
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spiderweber Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
I can't do either. the program doesn't have the area to type it, and I can't open the pdf in the program. it's paint tool sai. unless I'm missing something. >.>
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SchrodingersMeerkat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I get my computer to save it as a JPG file or something that will open with photoshop?
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Photoshop will open PDFs, just select it in the open dialog and it will prompt you to rasterize.
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:iconschrodingersmeerkat:
SchrodingersMeerkat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How? When I try to downlaod it, it just opens up and I can't save it at all. Plus my computer makes this annoying clicking sound non stop until I close the page.
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
You should find a download link on the deviantart page on the right hand side. Right click, save as. You should then be able to go to Photoshop, choose Open, then browse to the file.
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:iconschrodingersmeerkat:
SchrodingersMeerkat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dosen't work for me. When I write click, it thinks I want to save the background for the page.
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:iconalfourman:
AlFourman Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Thank you very much! I'm making a RD drawing and it comes very useful
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:iconmonele:
Monele Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Made use of your guide for this picture: [link]
Thank you very much :D
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:iconspyrothebadassdragon:
SpyrotheBadassDragon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
>PMS Red
......
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
PMS is short for Pantone Matching System, and Red 032 is one of the primary colors.
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:iconglytcho:
Glytcho Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
what is her coat hex code?
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's right there in the list, 9EDBF9.
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