Does anyone have experience with the us of colors in Manuals and animations? Are there rules for that?
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two rules for manuals:
Get rid of the color, otherwise the print will be much more expensive!
And think about color blind people.
In our documentation we hardly use colors, but in our animations we want to use colors, and because we want to use the illustrations in both we want to add colors in it. But I was wandering if there are already rules for that?
It is up to you to create your own rules considering the corporate design guidelines of your company. I cannot imagine that any general rules exist. The colors depends also on how you render your animation: High glossy or technical look. The only tip I can give is to highlight all moving parts. Another tip is to create a guideline where all colors are fixed. This ensures that you and your colleagues always use the same colors.
Hope this helps.
For parts and service (mechanical type) manuals, I use Render > Mode > Shaded Illustration with Smart Outlines. I save out as PNG files for use in InDesign. This format prints very nicely in black and white.
For users manuals, I use Render > Smooth and I set all the colors so it looks realistic. Then save out as PNG. Most people don't know it's not a photo of an actual product. Works really well.
ISO and ANSI have specific colors for safety labels used on products as well as in manuals for things like warnings and notices.
If you happen to need it, search ANSI Z535.1 for Safety Colors and ISO 3864-1:2011(en) for other guidance. JW
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