Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Cheating Color

In a web page design, cheating colors is a way to make colors appear to be the same, when in fact they are different. Depending on context (e.g., background, surroundings, etc.) a color may _appear_ different when in fact it is the same as another area on a web page.

For instance, a light color on a light background may look slightly lighter when it is a small area (e.g., small text) than it does in a large area (e.g., header text). Making the smaller area actually darker, can make the two different areas appear to be the same color.

Similarly, but in reverse, a dark color on a dark background may look better if lightened in small areas relative to bigger areas.

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