ProjectsPenn State Blue




Penn State Dark Blue

 Pantone 287

 RGB value-
 0-23-105

 Hexadecimal-
 #001769

 Closest Web safe Hex-
 #000066



Penn State Light Blue

 Pantone 285

 RGB value-
 95-116-226

 Hexadecimal-
 #5F74E2

 Closest Web safe Hex-
 #6666CC


Penn State
Intercollegiate Athletics
Logo Blue


 Pantone 282

 RGB value-
 10-12-68

 Hexadecimal-
 #0A-0C-44

 Closest Web safe Hex-
 #000033





P ENN STATE's colors are blue and white; the exact shades of blue are specified by using numbers from the Pantone Color Matching System. The Pantone numbers are designations for print colors, not screen colors. The RGB values for an exact Pantone color match haven't been specified, but screen simulations of the Pantone system are available. Photoshop's Pantone swatches simulate the color on different types of paper stock and vary from the pure tone. For my own use, I prefer the Pantone tables available with Painter 6. Unfortunately, neither of the Penn State blues will render a Web safe color. Since the Web safe versions are barely close, it might be advisable, if "Web safe color" is mandated, to control the dither of two different Web safe colors to optically mix a truer tone. The following example of the Penn State Identity Mark is rendered to appear as if it's really Penn State Dark Blue on a Penn State Light Blue field. The two dominant blue tones, however, are created out of four Web safe colors.



This block of color looks like Pantone 287, Penn State Dark Blue.
If you zoomed in to 1600%, you'd see that it's really two websafe colors.
This block of color looks like Pantone 285, Penn State Light Blue.
If you zoomed in to 1600%, you'd see that it's really two websafe colors.

To create the effect, you control the color dithering in the important areas of your image by doing it yourself. If you save the two solid looking color swatches ("287.gif" and "285.gif") from above to your hard drive, you can open them in Photoshop. With either image open in Photoshop, choose Select>All followed by Edit>Define Pattern. It will look like nothing happens, but what actually takes place is the even network of checkered pixels is loaded as a pattern in the Pattern Buffer. Now, when you choose Edit>Fill... you'll be able to choose Contents Use>Pattern in the Fill dialog bok. This way, you can fill text, selections or entire layers with the pre-dithered tone.





Download a 194K EPS file of the Penn State Identity Mark that will rasterize at whatever resolution you choose when opened in Photoshop. There are two lines of text in this image that are not part of the mark; they were added to keep the tip of the shield and outer serifs from being clipped.

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