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    I am new to Web Design and have many questions. But to be simple and not seem like a spammer, I'll ask just one.

    When one is thinking about what color scheme to use for a Background, are colors the limit without any worry, or are there some conditions when picking a color? I mean I see Web Safe colors, is that standard when deciding a color to use for Web Design?

    I have looked at Adobe kuler and there seems to be some nice combinations, but are they even safe to use?

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    You can use pretty much anything you want. However, you need to be aware that different colors will appear differently on different screens based on color depth, the monitor used, light sources or lack thereof, and a few other things that I forgot.

    I've always been a big advocate of high contrast as a result of that knowledge. Try not to do things like light grey on white or two shades of red that are slightly different for two different things.

    www.colourlovers.com might also help you out. I like it better than Kuler because it's easier for me to work with.
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    Web safe colors dates back to when displays could only handle 256 colors. If you specified an invalid hex code for a color, chances are your browser would kick back with an error.

    In present day, your display can handle millions of colors - more than you would ever use. The more important factor today is (as game said) how you use the colors, not specifically which ones you use.
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    +1 to game. Kuler and colourlovers are two of the best tools out there. Kuler is more oriented towards those designing their own color schemes (although the community also has quite a selection), white colourlovers is more for those looking for a pre-designed theme.

    Alas, it is not which tool or color scheme you use, but how you use it. I have seen websites use a fairly common color scheme, even something as simple as a pallet of blues, and turn it into a complete disaster.

    Another good point about contrast. You should always take a few things into consideration when designing a website... a relatively large number of (mostly) men in the world have red-green colorblindness and cannot distinguish between the two colors. Also, many people with visual impairments use a high-contrast configuration and you must essentially visualize this as grayscale. Two colors with very similar hues (a full red and a full blue) would be nearly indistinguishable.


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