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----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Wyszomierski"
To: "Brendan Houle"
Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2005 3:19 AM
Subject: X&Y Color

I hope you don't mind, but I have changed the background color of the generator to more closely match that of the X&Y cover. The new value is #000033. Let me know if this is a problem.


- Wysz

On Jul 24, 2005, at 7:05 PM, Brendan Houle wrote:

what did you use to get the new color? i took the original colors from the coldplay website when the front page was the album cover (unfortunately I can't find a similar page on their site anymore), but it's possible their website colors didn't match up exactly to the album colors.

i don't have the album with me anymore to see which color matches better on my monitor.

anyway, if flickr allows you to upload gifs, you'll get better results compressing screenshots with gif compression instead of jpegs. graphics with solid colors do better with gif.


From: Michael Wyszomierski
Subject: Re: X&Y Color
Date: July 24, 2005 10:47:45 PM EDT
To: Brendan Houle

I got the new color by sampling it from the iTunes album art. I also double-checked it against the album cover on Amazon.com. I then set it to the closest web-safe color, which is #000033. The color should really be RGB 1, 0, 58, but 000033 is RGB 1, 0, 51, so it's just a tad darker.

The old value you had is #102438, the background color of Coldplay's website, but not the same color as X&Y's cover. To see the difference, go to Coldplay's website, and visit their online store, which clearly shows the X&Y cover against the lighter website background.

Flickr allows uploads of JPEGs, GIFs and PNGs, and will also convert other formats such as TIFF. Unfortunately, it displays every image on the main photo page as a JPEG. If you view my picture full size on Flickr, you will see that I did in fact upload a PNG, not a JPEG. I prefer PNG over GIF because it doesn't limit the image to 256 colors, plus it's not proprietary to CompuServe.

In summary, shame on you for:
A) Questioning my source of background color.
B) Doubting my knowledge of image compression technology.
C) Doubting my knowledge of image compression technology and not checking my website first to see if I had made any posts regarding this issue.

- Wysz

Posted: Sunday - July 24, 2005 at 08:08 PM