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CSI FAQ

CSI Colour Award

What is a Trend Card?

A Trend Card is used to express design concepts or seasonal fashion styles, these may also be referred to as Mood Boards.

Is the Competition Free

Yes, the competition is completely free to enter.

I have been taken to a checkout screen asking for payment, what do I do?

If you have been taken to a checkout screen with a URL that looks something like http://shop.colorsolutionsinternational.com then you have gone a little bit wrong. Just go back to the previous page as this competition is free to enter.

Why is there a checkout option?

CSI ColourSearch is used within the industry for purchases of Generic Certified Color Standards, but have no relation to the competition which is free to enter.

How do I reference a CSI Colour Palette?

Once you have located your nearest colour match, there will be variable label formats available, which must be displayed on your :

  • Either 25-CW-(unique ColorWall TM number)
  • Or 26-CW-(unique ColorWall TM number)
  • Or 27-CW-(unique ColorWall TM number)

Along with a unique serial number

What is the competition brief?

Design a trend card for Spring/Summer 2013 using CSI Color Search
www.csicolorsearch.com


The brief is extremely wide and allows:

  • you to research and design a trend board for 2013 to express your theme and ideas
  • Any theme of your choice
  • Unlimited use of colour
  • An unrestricted number of colours within your palette
  • No software limitations when designing your board *

* The CSI colour builder must be used to create your palette and be clearly shown on at least one of your boards (including any CSI colour references)

How to I save / export my Palette

Exporting as a .ase file

Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ASE)

You can export your CSI Colour Palette into any adobe editing software by generating a .ase file from within the CSI Color Search software.

This option is located above your palette

Using your Swatch

Step one: In your chosen Adobe product open your swatches panel/palette and open the Panel/palette menu. Simply select:

  • Photoshop CS5: Load Swatches … OR Replace Swatches…
  • Fireworks CS5: Replace Swatches… OR Add Swatches…
  • Illustrator CS5: Open Swatch Library … >> Other Library
  • InDesign CS5: Load Swatches …

Step two: Locate the file ASE file you are looking for and click Open.

On some of the software versions you may have to change the file type to .ase or you will not be able to locate the file you need.

Using RGB Values

After your CSI palette is complete, locate the RGB values provided within the software (by clicking “Edit Palette” and clicking on the colours indivudually) use them within your design to create something truly unique.

Not familiar with design packages? Don’t worry, standard word processing applications allow you to use RGB values to create coloured shapes and text. If you fancy trying something new there are plenty of free packages out there you can play around with. Below is just a few pieces of software students have asked if they can use:

  • Pixlr (Free – Easy to use online photo editor)
  • Draw (Free – Part of the Open Office suite)
  • Serif (Free)
  • GIMP (Free – Advanced editing)
  • Photoshop
  • Corel Draw
  • MS Paint
  • MS Word
Printing your screen

You cannot save your palette in the exact appearance you see it on the CSI colour software, if however you like how that looks you can always take a screen print and paste that into your work.

  • (Optional) Make your web page full screen by pressing F11 (By pressing F11 again it will return to normal view)
  • Locate the “PrtScn” button on your keyboard and press it
  • Whatever was on your screen is now in your clipboard
  • Open your design (whether this be in a photo package or word processing application) and right click and “paste” or press the shortcut “Ctrl+v”
  • You can then crop the image move stuff around (depending on the application)

Can I submit a physical copy of my work?

Yes, we have provisions for both online and mailed in entries.

The mailing address to send them into is:

Society of Dyers and Colourists PO Box 244, Perkin House, 82 Grattan Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 2JB, England

Can I modify an existing piece of work for my entry?

Yes, not a problem, if you are running a little tight on time feel free to adapt an existing piece of coursework or a previous competition entry.

Please ensure however the guidelines are adhered to and the CSI colour Pallette is clearly referenced.

How to use the CSI Software

Please note this is a quick reference guide, a full “User Manual” can be located once you have logged into the CSI website

1. Sign up as a user / log in to your account
2. Click “Create Palette” at the top of the page
a. Name it, and add a description
3. Select colours for your palette
a. “Create your colour” – Use the colour selector or input RGB/Hex/HSB values
b. “Copy your colour” – Upload an image and use the populated CSI Colours
c. “Browse CSI colourwall” – Select a colour and browse the availability
4. Add colours to palette selection
a. Once you have used any of the above to locate a suitable colour click the “Add to Palette selections”
5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 until you have selected your potential palette
6. Underneath where you clicked “Add to Palette selections” you will see all of your colours, leave the ones ticked that you want to add to your palette and click “Add Selected To Palette”.
a. Steps 3,4,5 can be repeated as many times as required.

Do we have a limit to the number of colours used within the Palette?

No, we have not limited the number of colours you can use within your pallet.

Can I use Photoshop or any other software for my design?

You are welcome to use any piece of additional software as long as you have used the CSI Colour Builder to obtain your palette and referenced the CSI Colour codes. After your CSI palette is complete, locate the RGB values provided within the software (by clicking “Edit Palette” and clicking on the colours indivudually) use them within your design to create something truly unique.

Not familiar with design packages? Don’t worry, standard word processing applications allow you to use RGB values to create coloured shapes and text. If you fancy trying something new there are plenty of free packages out there you can play around with. Below is just a few pieces of software students have asked if they can use:

  • Pixlr (Free – Easy to use online photo editor)
  • Draw (Free – Part of the Open Office suite)
  • Serif (Free)
  • GIMP (Free – Advanced editing)
  • Photoshop
  • Corel Draw
  • MS Paint
  • MS Word

What is a “.ase” file extension and how can I use it?

Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ASE)

You can export your CSI Colour Palette into any adobe editing software by generating a .ase file from within the CSI Color Search software.

This option is located above your palette

Using your Swatch

Step one: In your chosen Adobe product open your swatches panel/palette and open the Panel/palette menu. Simply select:

  • Photoshop CS5: Load Swatches … OR Replace Swatches…
  • Fireworks CS5: Replace Swatches… OR Add Swatches…
  • Illustrator CS5: Open Swatch Library … >> Other Library
  • InDesign CS5: Load Swatches …

Step two: Locate the file ASE file you are looking for and click Open.

On some of the software versions you may have to change the file type to .ase or you will not be able to locate the file you need.

When is the deadline for the competition?

Please ensure all entries (including mailed boards) are with us by the 38th June 2013. Take care to allow sufficent time for postage especially for entries submitted from outside of the UK.

Society of Dyers and Colourists

Perkin House, 82 Grattan Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 2LU, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1274 725138, Email: info@sdc.org.uk
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