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Colors library

The NodeBox Colors library allows you to find matching colors using rules (complement, analog, triad, ...), supports slick gradients and dropshadows, word-to-color functions, definitions for things like dark, cool, intense, etc., a shader command for directional lighting, color objects, color lists, color ranges with all sorts of functionality that makes working with individual colors and sets of colors very easy.

It's like having a NodeBox Linguistics library for color fanatics!


Purpose of the library

How can we help professionals and amateurs alike be more creative? How can we increase the aesthetic value of their visual creations?

Choosing the right colors plays an important role in art and graphic design. You need to find colors that visualize the idea you are trying to convey. Form follows functions as they say. If you are in the security business you might wanna go for green instead of red (because green is safe and red is dangerous).

Colors need to play well together, either by contrasting or otherwise supporting each other. You need to find a small set of three or four colors that reinforce each other: a dark one and a light one, two variations of the same hue and one totally different, an additional text color, etc. 

Together with composition, color will determine the emotional impact of a visual piece (e.g calm and natural greens and browns, energetic high-contrast purple, yellow and white, cool deep blues, ...)

The Colors library will assist you in all of these things:

  • It can find colors for you by picking pixels from images or statistically from Yahoo! Pixels make sense if you are trying to visualize concrete concepts like nature, food, office. Statistical analysis makes sense if you are trying to visualize abstract things like jealousy, information, security, ...
  • It can help you find other, matching colors using color ranges and rules from color theory.
  • It can help you decide on the emotional feel of your work with shades like dark, cool, intense, ...
  • It has all sorts of toys that are considered to be hip these days: gradients, shadows, lighting.







Created by Tom De Smedt