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Steph Rowe
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Limit number of colors used

Aug 18, 2012 10:52 PM

Tags: #color #color_limitation #limit_color #limited_colors

Hi everyone,


I have created a design for a t-shirt competition. I have not read till now that you are only allowed to use a maximum of 8 colours in you design!!
Trouble is that I do not know how many colours I have actually used :/
I have read blogs on how to convert the colours by saving the file as a giff as well as posterising which all seem to make my work look like a waste of time...
I have attached the image and if anyone has any ideas at all as to how I should go about this they would all be greatly appreciated!!


Thanks again!



colour adjusted racoon_01.jpg

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    Aug 18, 2012 11:15 PM   in reply to Steph Rowe

    does this loose too much for you?



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    Aug 19, 2012 12:28 AM   in reply to Steph Rowe



    a) GIF or PNG with manually selected palette and dithering.

    In my opinion one shouldn't use dithering for printing on textile.


    b) Make palette manually in Photoshop (black, white, green, blue,

    darkbrown, lightbrown) by picking typical colors.

    Save as racoon.ase for exchange.

    Apply Live trace in Illustrator, using this palette,

    Result is a vector graphic - better suited for textile than a

    dithered raster graphic.


    An example, not optimized.


    Best regards --Gernot Hoffmann


    Image reproduced as JPEG - may have more than 6 colors.


    Edited: swatch exchange: *.ase

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    Aug 19, 2012 12:32 AM   in reply to Steph Rowe

    8 colors indicates textile silk screen or flexo printing where each color is applied separately and they don't mix other than creating the illusion with dithering/ halftone dots. That being so, it probably means you have indeed wasted your time. Such stuff will usually have to be doen in Illustrator or similar programs because the vector contours are required for the masks. At this point your best bet is to take your image and rebuild it using Live Trace/ the tracing tool in AI....



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    Aug 19, 2012 4:40 AM   in reply to Steph Rowe



    by typical colors I mean those which are typical within

    the original image and which you want to see in the

    vector graphic as well.

    I had also used green, just to show that these small

    green patches are not ignored then.


    Best regards --Gernot Hoffmann

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