Ah, The Warmth of … the color Cobalt?

By November 12, 2008 No Comments

The problem was, that the swatch of Cobalt color on the spa picker, and the little icon for it, and the actual color it changed your desired spa to, and the other thumbnail image of it on the Features pages, did not all match up. Oh yea, this is for the good of our friends over at Jacuzzi Hot Tubs. Russell and Travis had tried to make it work, but it took me, the color-blind web developer, to get it done. Let it never be said that Ninthlink is not an equal-opportunity employer.

The reason it was off, see, is because in order to make the colors appear over any of the many different spas that Jacuzzi Hot Tubs has to offer, there is a color swatch, which we have aptly called the “tint”. For example, here is the J-325 spa in both Platinum and Cobalt, with the two tint images underneath.

Now, my understanding of what the flash does is that it applies the tint image to a semi-transparent mask on top of the existing spa image. Since there is a bit of transparency going on, the color wasn’t matching up right. But add a little filtering, knock the Brightness -30, kick Contrast up +5 (flavor?), and I think that did it. I even got non-color-blind people to look and verify that we had a match. Talk about building innovative solutions…

Alex Chousmith

Alex has been building with Ninthlink since '06, and a San Diegan since the turn of the century. A background of Mathematics – Computer Science / Interdisciplinary Computing & Arts from UCSD, plus Drupal / WordPress / jQuery / CSS3 / HTML5 / bass guitar / homebrew skill, powers him to get the job done, no matter what.

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