Graphic Design/color combinations


I read that white text on a black background and black text on a yellow background is hard to read and shouldn't be used.
Is this correct?
I read that black text on white, light or pastel background is best.

Is dark blue background with white text okay?
Is the text on my site (see link) difficult to read? (I read it okay)

to me

ANSWER: the link took me to an amazon page that didn't look like what you explained. I think white writing on a dark background is ok. I have designed like this before and have seen many advertisements and websites do the same. If it's easy for you to read, it will probably be easy for others. You just have to know who you are designing for. look at similar sites.. and see the trend for that market. my website ( has white writing on a dark background.

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So can dark blue or dark  red background--any dark color background be used with white text o long as the background is dark?

(I thought you might comment on the site in the link. If you thought it was created well or if something was needed)

I would say so. If the background is dark and you use white writing it should have the same effect regardless of the color. I think it makes it stand out more. be careful when using different color writing on colored backgrounds. Different color combinations have different effects. Which you will see. White is neutral. look at this ad ( ) dark grey on black and we're still bale to read it. Here is a red background ( )Don't be afraid to be creative an explore.  

yes. you can even get away with light writing on lighter backgrounds. look at the pastels used for Easter promotional and packaging materials

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