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17.7. Color Blenders

The problem with the Web Palette is that it only has 216 colors to choose from (and they probably wouldn't be your first choices). If you are bored with your color options, you may want to try a new type of graphics utility called a color blender. Color blenders approximate any RGB color by mixing two colors from the Web Palette in a tiny checkerboard pattern. You can use these "hybrid colors" to fill areas of graphics or to create a background tile.

Two color blender tools exist as of this writing: ColorSafe from BoxTop Software (http://www.boxtopsoft.com/ ) and DitherBox from RDG Tools (http://www.ditherbox.com/). Their features and interface are nearly identical, but DitherBox is somewhat less expensive. DitherBox is also now included as part of Adobe ImageReady 1.0. You can download free demo versions for either the Mac or Windows at their respective sites.


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