Posts Tagged ‘mordy golding’

Color Expert for the iPhone (Code-Line)

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

[Editor’s note: I helped Matheau at Code Line beta test his Color Expert app for the iPhone and I’m pleased to see it’s getting good press (over at MacFormat it is the iPhone app of the month for Dec 2008). Think of Color Expert as Adobe kuler for the iPhone but with the mobile ability to start color color schemes based on the world arround you. Point the iPhone’s camera, tap the image, and walla! A whole new custom color wheel scheme, which can be emailed back to your computer in swatch file format directly importable into Adobe desktop apps. Or shared and modifed with your client at a job site. Color Expert still needs better support for CMYK and ability to snap to RGB and CMYK color library, not just Pantone. And I really like Mordy’s idea about shaking Color Expert to come up with new color schemes šŸ˜‰ But the app works well and unlike any other tool for the iPhone and at the introductory price of $9.99 is a steal. And the 1.1 update addressing some of my gripes will of course be free.]

Republished from

Also see Mordy Golding’s review and other apps listed in Designer Work Plan’s must have 20 iPhone apps for designers.

Color Expert contains powerful tools to help artists and designers identify, translate, capture and showcase color.

Designers know inspiration can come anywhere at anytime. Just look around. Some of the best ideas are waiting for you in the real world away from the studio. Now with Color Expert, you’ll have the tools to capture the moment, the moment a color captures you.


Look down. See the color of that Pomegranate in your cart? Go get it. It’d be perfect for the project you’ve been working on. Whip out Color Expert and it tells you that shade is PANTONEĀ® solid coated PANTONE 220 C. The interactive color wheel then finds the perfect color schemes and palettes to match. Now, email that color scheme to your friends or clients. But, you might not want to tell them you’re still in the check-out line.

Whether designing, decorating or accessorizing, Color Expert is indispensable for anyone working with color. Anywhere. Anytime.

Click here for more information in iTunes. $9.99 for now.

Color Expert’s exclusive “snap & tap” technology. Just snap a photo and let your finger select that perfect color. From your eyes to the screen. Powerful, interactive color wheel with multiple color schemes including Monochromatic, Analogous, Complementary, Split Complementary and Triadic.

Quickly search through PANTONEĀ® solid coated, PANTONEĀ® solid uncoated, PANTONEĀ® Goeā„¢ coated, PANTONEĀ® Goeā„¢ uncoated, Web Safe Colors, HTML Colors.

Email your palette ideas to friends, colleagues and clients. Color Expert provides a rich, HTML based email you can send from your iPhone or iPod touch.

Technique: Road Casings with Transparent (Knockedout) Center

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

cased knockout beforecasing knockoutMordy Golding has a post on Stiching Lines for Apparel that applies well to cartography. Say you have a cased road where you want the background image (perhaps shaded relief) to show thru. This is possible by using a combination of the Appearance Panel and Group Knockout settings. Even more advanced effects (where each side of the casing has a different styling) can be had by using pattern brushes. Read the full tutorial.

Rounding Corners in Illustrator

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

rounded cornersMordy Golding described how to create independently rounded rectangle corners in Adobe Illustrator back in December. Usually the four corners are of the rectangle are rounded with the same values. That’s so 1990s! Mordy outlines several workflows and makes available a set of graphic styles and actions to help automate their creation.

Read more at his post.

White Overprint Problems in Adobe Illustrator

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

When The Washington Post NewsArt department shifted over from Freehand MXa to Illustrator CS2 in 2007 we started experiencing reproduction problems associated with white-overprints and rich-black. When this results in a million confused readers, this can be a major headache.

Example Problem Graphic ā€“ Where are the white (reverse) numbers in the bar chart?

problem white overprint

Fixed Graphic ā€“ Note white numbers in bar chart on the right.

fixed white overprint


New site, new look

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

In October, I attended the annual NACIS map conference in St. Louis, MO and demonstrated how Adobe Illustrator can be automated via JavaScripting. This can be especially useful for those needing to expand Illustrator’s default capabilities or make Illustrator behave more like the venerable Freehand (may it rest in peace). I created this website to host that presentation, and to capture some of my other projects. Last week Mordy Golding at his Real World Illustrator blog promoted my site and wow, traffic is up. So here’s a new look for a more integrated site.