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One of the puzzles in the Resident Evil Remake involves a room full of portraits, including one of a woman (Lisa), wearing three kinds of jewelry: a crown, necklace, and bracelet.

original photo

Their's also three other coloured portraits in the room, with each one corresponding to one of the aforementioned jewelry. The goal of the puzzle is to shine coloured lights on each of these portraits so that the colours of the portraits line up with the colour of their corresponding piece of jewelry.

photo after shining green light

This is all well and good, except for the fact that I'm colour blind, and so I really have no idea what colours the crown and bracelet are, because they just look way to similar to me. This wouldn't be such a big deal, except if you mess up the puzzle, a flock of crows hanging out in the room decide to attack you. Due to this, using trial and error on the puzzle isn't exactly ideal.

What are the colours of the crown, necklace, and bracelet that the woman in this portrait is wearing?

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    Posting this since every time I play through this game, this puzzle is always annoying to deal with, and I figure my fellow colour blind gamers playing through will appreciate it as well. – Wipqozn Nov 9 at 18:36
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    @Mast It actually tells you via text, as you can see in my second picture. – Wipqozn Nov 10 at 12:50
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    @Mast It tells you the colour before you change the colour of a portrait. More importantly, though, is you need to first press a switch on Lisa before the puzzle is either solved, or the crows attack you. It's when you press that switch the game checks the colours of each portrait, and activates the crows if they're wrong. – Wipqozn Nov 10 at 13:05
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    This puzzle literally looks like a puzzle that is only a puzzle if you're colour blind, which makes me wonder what's the point of including it... – Tomáš Zato - Reinstate Monica Nov 11 at 11:33
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    As a game dev, thank you for calling this out. We need to be aware of this kind of thing. – Dewi Morgan Nov 11 at 18:04
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For anyone trying to figure this out themselves on a future occasion, it is actually possible for a colorblind person to determine the names of the colors using only the screenshot above and the internet.

If you open the image in an editor, such as the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), you will most likely find a color picker tool. Using this tool it is possible to extract the numerical color value of a pixel in the screenshot. Taking a value just from the center of the necklace yields the color:

#c163d3

this value is not immediately helpful, but there exist websites, such as colorhexa.com, that will give semantic information about that specific color. For example, the page https://www.colorhexa.com/c163d3 describes the color we picked from the image as a "Moderate magenta"

we can do the same for the other pieces of jewelry and get the following:

crown:     55b15a  =  Dark moderate lime green
bracelet:  e0996f  =  Soft orange
necklace:  c163d3  =  Moderate magenta

This technique can be further refined by taking the average of an area of color values to avoid falling for local highlights or shadows, but in this case the simple approach would be enough to get a sufficiently clear idea of the colors to be able to solve the puzzle.

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    Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. – Bernat Nov 11 at 10:53
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    @Bernat "Teach a man to see" might be more accurate ;) – Wipqozn Nov 11 at 23:38
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    despite the fact that I've spent years helping people on stackoverflow, this is after a single day my most well-received answer on the entire stackexchange network. go figure. – Andreas Grapentin Nov 12 at 1:35
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    I'd be cautious with that site. It says 008000 is "dark lime green" while I wouldn't say it's lime green at all; more like forest green. Likewise, it says 000001 is "very dark blue" despite the fact that it's indistinguishable from black without a side-by-side comparison. – MooseBoys Nov 12 at 16:50
  • @MooseBoys Good point. To Andreas, I'd suggest that site is a nice guide, but largely an unnecessary extra step that might muddy the waters in some cases. Most color pickers will tell you explicitly the makeup of the color in terms of its red, green, and blue components. Unless you're dealing with subtle differences in tints, it will often be enough to know that a color with red/green/blue values of e.g. 10/200/50 is mostly green or, as in the example given (193/99/211), mostly blue and red (which combine to make purple). – jmbpiano Nov 12 at 23:49
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The colours of the jewelry are:

  • Crown is green
  • Necklace is purple
  • Bracelet is orange
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If you have a smartphone or similar device, my recommendation would be to install a color picker/detector app that can use the camera. You can then start the app, point it to the relevant section on your screen and it will show you the color, in many cases including a color name:

Screenshot of color detector, pointed at screen with picture

In this case, I pointed my smartphone at the screen with your question.

(FYI, I read about people with color blindness that also use tools like these to pick their clothes!)

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    It's funny because I'm colourblind and it never occured to me that the colours of my clothes may be off. – MechMK1 Nov 11 at 19:34
  • +1 This is really helpful for when playing a console game – Wipqozn Nov 11 at 23:39
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    @MechMK1 I’m not colorblind, and it still doesn’t occur to me that the colors of my clothes may be off. – KRyan Nov 11 at 23:51
  • @MechMK1, bad clothing colour choice is very significant in the history of the study of colour blindness. Dalton was motivated to investigate it after accidentally buying red underwear for his mother. – Peter Taylor Nov 12 at 14:38
  • @PeterTaylor I have to admit, I only noticed I was color blind because I kept referring to one of my clothes as "green", although for others it was clearly brown. – MechMK1 Nov 12 at 14:46

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