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An interesting use of blend modes is to enhance the appearance of diagrams and graphs. Take, for example, the classic Venn diagram illustrating the “Fast, Cheap, Good” rule:
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Sometimes the hue muse fails to strike; sometimes all you’re provided for the look and feel of a site is a web page the client likes, or a photograph, perhaps just a painting.
Moments like that make it difficult to come up with one of the defining characteristics of a site design: a strong, cohesive color theme. Using PhotoShop’s Eyedropper tool to extract image colors isn’t always helpful, as attempts to pick pixels are often stymied by artifacts and shading effects (although there are a few tricks that can help, discussed below). In such situations, a color extraction tool can open up many creative possibilities: