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Vinyl Scratch / DJ PON-3 Color Guide 2.0 [UPDATED]

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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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The-Bronypendium's avatar

That is so awesome and amazing great job

Starlightglimmer-Art's avatar
GOKUSSGSS4's avatar
vinyl's eye color is magenta
Just for those having trouble in inkscape, just type the code and FF at the end.
Ink-Pie's avatar
Or, just copy the # with it. You don't need to do anything special.
Actually nevermind it works only for strokes
Forget the nevermind it does work i just forgot to click
Leapingriver's avatar
I'm a little confused...
Why are there two pages of Vinyl Scratch? I noticed one palette is more yellow than the other so I'm a little confused on which to use :iconderpyplz:
kefkafloyd's avatar
One palette is the "digital" or screen guide, while the other is the print guide. If all you're doing is stuff on screen, then the digital one is the way to go. If you plan on printing or want to be closer to the merch palettes, then the print one is the way to go.

Some colors do not reproduce well when used in print, and in some cases Hasbro/DHX has different palettes. The "digital" palette is derived from flash assets, while the "print" palette is derived from printed assets.
ArcusWind's avatar
I'm having trouble following this guide. I usually just use the RGB for my colors.
Quent0S's avatar
Color Dropper / Inkscape swatches FTW!
Fudlite's avatar
Just convert each hex value to decimal:

#0099FF is 00, 99 and FF when split up.

00 = 0,
99 = 153,
FF = 255.

Therefore, #0099FF in decimal RGB = 0, 153, 255.

Hex is generally easier as you can represent it in string form without the need for delimiters, and it's shorter to write overall.
ArcusWind's avatar
Thank you for your help and the guides. My ponies look better when I use them.
kefkafloyd's avatar
The hex values are just another way of expressing RGB instead of 255/255/255 notation. They are still RGB colors.
Cupcake-Nightmare's avatar
what color is vinyl's mane body and eyes
kefkafloyd's avatar
Both colors are listed in the guide.
ArcusWind's avatar
How would I input them in Inkscape?
kefkafloyd's avatar
I am unfamiliar with Inkscape. People keep asking me this, maybe I need to try it just so I can answer questions. But I'd find it highly unlikely that their RGB color picker couldn't accept hex notation.
Tsitra360's avatar
These are helpful, especially when you provided the swatches.
Star--Sprout's avatar
Yay! Vinyl Scratch is best background pony! I needed a color guide like this...I was trying to make my own, but it isn't easy. Then I realized my colors were all wrong, so I had to keep remaking my own Vinyl palette...this makes drawing Vinyl 20% easier! Thank you SOSO much for this!
Bento-Box-Art's avatar
Eyes not RED!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
kefkafloyd's avatar
Given that her eyes are not, in fact, red, this is how it will be.
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