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easiest way to get contrasting color

Aug 8, 2013, 23:16
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easiest way to get contrasting color
I have quite a bit of problems finding the right color for text to place on a color background because I try umpteen colors and unable to find a color a lot of the time that contrasts the color of the background... what is the best way to to get the contrasting color of a background or a color picked from the color picker???
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Aug 9, 2013, 07:31
Post: #2
RE: easiest way to get contrasting color
One thing you can try is if you have a regular & bold type font(switch between two styles)

make outline text
-type out what you want in normal font.
-Then duplicate the layer.
-Highlight that font & change the style to bold, enlarge size by 1 or 2.
Change color of the new text(layer) to black. (this will go below your original text layer)
After you move it below, position it so it makes an outline around the colored text.
So no matter what color you pick, the outline will still show making it easier to read.

*Keep the background layer on the very bottom!

Or you can try this tutorial: http://www.gimpology.com/submission/view...tline_text
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Aug 9, 2013, 08:22 (This post was last modified: Aug 9, 2013 08:23 by rich2005.)
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RE: easiest way to get contrasting color
I do not think there is a 'best' way.

What you could try is; Whatever the background color, use colors -> invert Then use the 'inverted' colour as your foreground for text.

[Image: QXlEcPH.jpg]

so here red - green - blue inverts to cyan - magenta - yellow.

On a 'real' image you would invert the image colour pick to fix the foreground colour then invert the image/layer back to the original before making the text.

[Image: FT7Yy0U.jpg]

Does not guarantee a nice effect, so also consider outlining the text
text-to-path then stroke path,
or maybe a drop shadow using white or black depending on the background.

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Aug 9, 2013, 09:24
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RE: easiest way to get contrasting color
(Aug 9, 2013 08:22)rich2005 Wrote:  I do not think there is a 'best' way.

What you could try is; Whatever the background color, use colors -> invert Then use the 'inverted' colour as your foreground for text.

[Image: QXlEcPH.jpg]

so here red - green - blue inverts to cyan - magenta - yellow.

On a 'real' image you would invert the image colour pick to fix the foreground colour then invert the image/layer back to the original before making the text.

[Image: FT7Yy0U.jpg]

Does not guarantee a nice effect, so also consider outlining the text
text-to-path then stroke path,
or maybe a drop shadow using white or black depending on the background.

How do I do a drop shadow??? I didn't know you could!!
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Aug 9, 2013, 10:22
Post: #5
RE: easiest way to get contrasting color
It depends on the image, I often use it on DVD labels.

For any text layer you can apply a drop shadow Filters -> Light and Shadow -> Drop Shadow

like this http://i.imgur.com/3d8sEV9.jpg

You can change the colour of the drop shadow in the dialog, depending on the background and text colour.

http://i.imgur.com/zMbjTEs.jpg

The effect can be subtle with a dark background and a black drop shadow but it will 'bring-out' the text.

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Aug 9, 2013, 11:24
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RE: easiest way to get contrasting color
(Aug 9, 2013 10:22)rich2005 Wrote:  It depends on the image, I often use it on DVD labels.

For any text layer you can apply a drop shadow Filters -> Light and Shadow -> Drop Shadow

like this http://i.imgur.com/3d8sEV9.jpg

You can change the colour of the drop shadow in the dialog, depending on the background and text colour.

http://i.imgur.com/zMbjTEs.jpg

The effect can be subtle with a dark background and a black drop shadow but it will 'bring-out' the text.

it will ONLY ALLOW me to do one color drop shadow and that IS BLACK!! ALL OTHER color options ARE grayed out!
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Aug 9, 2013, 12:14
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RE: easiest way to get contrasting color
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Aug 9, 2013, 22:59 (This post was last modified: Aug 9, 2013 23:00 by Wendy Black.)
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RE: easiest way to get contrasting color
Hello moltres_rider,

You should look at my first tutorial on here called cool 3D text logos. Be sure you have added the plugin called 'Layered Effects' to your script-fu. Which is located here.

Feel free to send me a PM if you get stuck.

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