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Old 10-19-04, 06:52 PM
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What color stands out the most ?

I'm making a postcard with an announcement on it, and I want to use a color for one word on it that will really make it stand out if they were flipping through their mail. And NO, i'm not sending junk mail. I'm mailing it to people I know. Thank you so much to anyone who can help.
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Black. Second choice Crimson Red. Third choice Black.
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Blaze Orange or the new Blaze Yellow I have seen on street signs..
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color wont matter if you surround it with naked women... you're sure to draw attention!
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Originally posted by MrMarketng
Black. Second choice Crimson Red. Third choice Black.
Since when is black a color?

BTW, red is the way to go...it grabs the most attention. After all, why do you think so many kid's (sugar) cereal boxes are red?
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Originally posted by jasonr114
Blaze Orange or the new Blaze Yellow I have seen on street signs..
Blaze Orange is the new Black....
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color wont matter if you surround it with naked women... you're sure to draw attention!
WIN-NAR!
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Ooh, do something pretty like blue or purple.
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What will stand out the most is a complementary color. If your background is blue, use orange. If your background is yellow, use purple. If your background is cyan, use red. So on and so forth. Similarly, black and white are high-contrast.
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i'd go black background with hot pink lettering.
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Originally posted by twikoff
color wont matter if you surround it with naked women... you're sure to draw attention!
Yeah sure, it would draw attention to the naked women, but most guys wouldn't even notice the message the women were surrounding.
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but what if you have the naked ladies posed as the letters?
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Black backgound, white letters. Or attched a dollar bill to each invitation.
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If two colors are possible, using any combination of complimentary colors makes things pop.

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Red, hands-down.

This is an undeniable fact, stemming from the biology of the eye. You have red, green, and blue receptors in your eye. That's actually kind of skewed, because the primary colors are red, yellow, and blue - but hey, evolution ain't perfect.

This skew produces the following result: Green and blue have some overlap. A green color will also stimulate your blue receptors, and vice versa, because the wavelengths are somewhat close.

Red, though, stands out clearly and distinctly from the rest. It stimulates only your red receptors, and neither your blue or green receptors. No other color does that. Primary red is the single most vibrant color that your eyes can detect.

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Old 10-20-04, 04:38 AM
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Originally posted by sfsdfd
Red, hands-down.

This is an undeniable fact, stemming from the biology of the eye. You have red, green, and blue receptors in your eye. That's actually kind of skewed, because the primary colors are red, yellow, and blue - but hey, evolution ain't perfect.

This skew produces the following result: Green and blue have some overlap. A green color will also stimulate your blue receptors, and vice versa, because the wavelengths are somewhat close.

Red, though, stands out clearly and distinctly from the rest. It stimulates only your red receptors, and neither your blue or green receptors. No other color does that. Primary red is the single most vibrant color that your eyes can detect.

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Wouldn't Yellow be better since it activates twice as many as Red? That and our Sun is Yellow thus making our eyes tuned for that anyways?
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Originally posted by cultshock
Yeah sure, it would draw attention to the naked women, but most guys wouldn't even notice the message the women were surrounding.
if that message was:
Free Lap Dances

I bet they would notice
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Close, but no cigar.

Originally posted by sfsdfd
This is an undeniable fact, stemming from the biology of the eye. You have red, green, and blue receptors in your eye. That's actually kind of skewed, because the primary colors are red, yellow, and blue - but hey, evolution ain't perfect.
Actually, red, green and blue are additive primary colors. When red, green and blue lights are shining on a black surface, they make white light. Just like how your monitor works.

Cyan, magenta and yellow are subtractive primary colors. Start with white and add cyan, magenta and yellow to get black. Almost like how a printed page works. (Printing processes need to add black to liven things up because we don't have pure cyan, magenta or yellow inks. Impure color = impure black.)

This skew produces the following result: Green and blue have some overlap. A green color will also stimulate your blue receptors, and vice versa, because the wavelengths are somewhat close.

Red, though, stands out clearly and distinctly from the rest. It stimulates only your red receptors, and neither your blue or green receptors. No other color does that. Primary red is the single most vibrant color that your eyes can detect.
Well, no, not really. We have two kinds of receptors: cones and rods. Rods are capable of recognizing blue and green light. Cones are capable of recognizing red, blue and green light.

So why does red stand out? Because our brain knows that red is only being recognized once and amplifies that signal to make up for the difference.

Similarly, in a dimly-lit room, notice how difficult a time you have making out red and how easy you can make out blues and greens. The rods and cones work together and can make out the blues and greens easily, but not enough light is available to easily identify red as red, so your brain doesn't know to amplify that color and you don't see it so well.
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Originally posted by danw
Well, no, not really. We have two kinds of receptors: cones and rods. Rods are capable of recognizing blue and green light. Cones are capable of recognizing red, blue and green light.
Also close, but still no cigar.

Rods basically sense brightness only. They have basically no color sensitivity, and are relying on intensity only. There's 120 million rods or so, but only 6-7 million cones. It's true that they are more sensitive in the blue/green range, but they basically react to the whole spectrum of visible light, red included.

Of those 6-7 million cones, they all have different response curves to various wavelengths of light, but you can divide them into three main categories, with regards to what color the light is that they predomainantly sense. About 64% of the cones are primarily red-sensitive, 32% green-sensitive, and 2% are blue-sensitive. There's a 2-3% margin of error there, I think. The cones are more specifically sensitive to various spectra, instead of taking in the whole range.

The blue cones are far more sensitive, but there's not really enough of them to account for that fact. In any case, blue is amplified significantly by the brain.

Anyway, red is easily visible because more than half of the cones in the eye predominantly sense it. Simple as that.

And just for fun, here's another interesting bit: vision is essentially an electro-chemical reaction to light. The light causes chemicals in the rips of the rods/cones to become unstable and break down, which makes it release an electrical charge. The components later recombine to produce the original chemical again, after a delay. It's a closed cyclic process, although some of the chemical is inevitably destroyed and needs to be replaced. Vitamin A is key in this, which is why you lose night vision if you have a deficenty there. In any case, the chemical in the rods requires roughly 30 minutes to recombine, which leads to the effect known as night adaptation. When the light is bright, your rods have this chemical breaking down a lot, and so the rods are not particularly sensitive. When you sit in darkness for half an hour, the chemical builds up and you have superb night vision, roughly 100,000 times more sensitive than in the daytime... And this is why it hurts like hell when you turn on the bathroom light because all that chemical in the rods breaks down at once, sending a huge electrical signal to the brain (as well as your pupils not contracting fast enough to counter the new light input), which interprets it as pain and makes you close your eyes for being a fool.

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Another vote for red

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