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Spike Color Guide 2.0 [UPDATED] by kefkafloyd Spike Color Guide 2.0 [UPDATED] by kefkafloyd

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New and improved!

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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PetrusValdo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017
DubStepina Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
hasn't Spike got a light pink tongue? ;P
cupcakecaila Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah he does
gabrielwoj Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The HEX color for the Teeth stroke is incorrect. It should be #97B5B3 and not #B9E0F7. #B9E0F7 color is too light. I got the new color code just by eyedropping on the circle next to it (I used the eyedrop after downloading the file).

Thanks very much for the guide.
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
This sounds like a typographical error, I will look into fixing it.
supmandude Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The tongue color is wrong. All the ponies have orange tongues, but Spike's is pink.
Shiiazu Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh nevermind sorry lol
Shiiazu Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But Spike isn't a pony
midsummer-aria Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh these color refs are so incredibly helpful, thank you so much for making them!!
JenakinRamsobi Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your color guides are really helpful; thank you for taking the time to make these! When you crave color accuracy like I do, helps.

...Wait, what happened to Spike's eyes? :O_o:
PsychicWalnut Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Needs a minor update.

Digital, Incidentals, Teeth Stroke should read #97B5B3
Instead it is showing the standard light blue pony number.

I love these color guides! You rock!
ThenameisHarmony Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your color guides are great.
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
RobnRoll Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great gallery, love those posters you did. what i miss here with spike is the color scheme for his fire breath.
NikkiTreeTail Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
lol do gummy :3
eTonyOC Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Thank you very much, your guides were quite useful.
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