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Posted : Friday, October 05, 2012 11:29:44 AM
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I'm wondering if any of you can share what your favorite color combinations are for best visability.

I know some of you might just think, "Do some experimenting a find out," but I'm having a bit of a time.  Maybe it's because I'm 49 yrs old and the eyes have taken a dive with regard to close up vision.  Even with the glasses, though - I'm thinking that there's probably a "better than average" color combination that works great for best contrast.

For example, I'd like to see easily when a signal line and indicator line cross each other.  Do most of you all you solid lines... anyone use a dotted line?  Blue and red?  Green and red?

Do you use the fine or the medium thickness?


Again, please know that I do get it that this is a subjective question and preferences will vary - but I'd love to hear what others consider the ideal color or layout scheme.



Posted : Friday, October 05, 2012 11:31:39 AM
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Along with the above question, I should have added that I'm also interested in background colors.


Posted : Friday, October 05, 2012 1:07:49 PM
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For me, the black background seems to work the best - I tried white but it looks too washed out.  However, what I have found is that hollow candles suit my eyes better - too much bleeding when they are filled in.

Posted : Thursday, November 01, 2012 1:03:38 PM
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Although I do not like a white screen because it seems hard on the eyes, on a recent webinar, Martha Stokes indicated that a study she had seen showed a quicker ability to recognize patterns when using a  white screen with black/gray candlesticks. It had to do with us learning to write on white paper with a black pencil.

Secondly, on a trading pyschology webinar I attended it was pointed out that when we use green/red bars or candles, at a subconscious level this can create a go/stop condition,shaping our perception, rather than allowing us to view the chart information in a more unbiased way.

 Successful trading is 80% psychological, and information that becomes distorted because of our perceptions or belief systems gets in the way of making better trading decisions.

 I turned down my computer monitor to reduce the strong white output of the charts. I hope this information may be of some use.

Posted : Thursday, November 01, 2012 7:16:15 PM
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Funny you mentioned that kness1. in my forex trading i quit using red for that very reason. I found it causes me to hesitate. I did not know there was a study on it .

Posted : Thursday, November 01, 2012 8:02:48 PM
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I try to have things in histogram form as much as possible.

This allows a change of color when it goes above and below zero.

Also makes it easier to check past sgnals with the pointer tool.








Posted : Saturday, November 24, 2012 1:21:23 PM

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Good point kniss1.  I've tried to use black candles on white background, however it seems to me that both in SF as well as TC the price bars are to skinny. White bars on a black background however seems to stand out better, as well as variety of colors for indicators :

Actually I used "silver" RGB 230;232;250 for the bars.


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