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    Palette- Oldschool DC-Comics

    Hi Ragers
    I was reading the following article by Todd Klein (DC Comics 1977-1987) and was inspired to make this palette.
    Coloring Comics, Old School

    I have used the 25%,50%,75% and 100% values of Cyan, Yellow and Magenta that the color separation house would have prepared as denoted in the article.

    I have named each value in this palette after their cymk ink values eg/ the 25% yellow ink will be named 'C0 Y25 M0 K0' and the 50% magenta ink would be named 'C0 Y0 M50 K0'

    K or the Key Colour is Black and is not contained in this palette. You will notice that 100% of cyan, 100% yellow and 100% magenta mixes to 'mud'. So do your inkwork in black R0 G0 B0 first then load up this palette to colour.

    Because all colours were originally derived from CYMK values they are obviously within gamut and can be reproduced in printers inks.

    As noted in the article the 75% values did not appear until the early 80's so if you're going for an authentic retro look avoid any colours that have the number 75 in their title. If you are trying to make things look old you may need to fade and beat up the colours a little. If you want to start on a paper that looks old R=250 G=230 B=190 is a good starting point for colour (tweak as you like)
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    What a cool idea! These are great Juz, thanks for sharing them!
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    Well i dunno about the colour range or printing at this stage, but i'm gonna grab them because their cool

    Love the colour range, just the sort of colours i was looking for in the current painting i'm working on
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    Thanks very much DaveRage and Silentman, I'm so glad that someone liked them as it took me quite a long time to make and order these colours in a way that made sense and looked pleasing

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    Cheers dude...I can definitely put these colours to good use!
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    Excellent, cant wait to see what you make Clumsy

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    Wow. What a great palette! I'm definitely gonna use this at one point! Thank you sooo much for sharing it!
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    Thanks for making me smile Weeun. Glad you like

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    Oh, Juz, you've done a remarkable job once again by providing a beautiful palette of wonderful colors to use! Thank you for your hard work, dedication and generosity for providing these to this community...it IS appreciated even though most use your palettes and simply don't take the time to thank you.

    Thank you, thank you......THANK YOU!!!!

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    Wow eye-leen, you've been digging down in the vault to find this one

    Its so lovely of you to take the time to thank me... its a huge motivator for me to make more free stuff for the community

    I've attached an old AR2.5 example so folks can see how these colours can achieve that old style comic look
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    Last edited by Juz; 12-30-2009 at 04:39 PM.
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