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Color Theory: Color Combinations That Work

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    • 2.

      Characteristics of Color


    • 3.

      Color Combinations that Work


    • 4.

      Tips on Working With Color


    • 5.



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About This Class

Color is a power which directly influences the soul.

Whether you are a visual artist or not, if you care about visual aesthetics, you need to know how colors work together. And this short class is here to help you with that.

This short class is here to teach you:

  • Color Theory
  • The Characteristics of Color
  • Working with a Color Wheel
  • Color Combination Techniques
  • Additional Tips on Working with Color

The knowledge of working with color is vital for photographers, cinematographers, painters, graphic designers, fashion designers, and...

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Film in Flame

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Film in Flame is an online film magazine which is interested in films that are in flames.

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1. Trailer: color is a power which directly influences the soul. It's obviously a very important topic for every visual artist, whether your painter, a graphic designer, an interior designer, photographer, cinematographer, fashion or makeup stylist on our director or simply a person wears clothes. If you care about visual aesthetics, you need to know how colors work together. This'll is a goal of this class to teach you how to use a color wheel to combine different colors together in an attractive way. In the end, you will be able to make beautiful color schemes to use them in your own works of art. For your project, you can download the example files off this class at your own colors to them and then sharing with us. And if you want to go further, you can apply what you've learned to whatever you can create with color and shared with us , Whether it's a painting, a photograph, a typography, pulls, sir, your clothes or anything in this class, you'll on the sand, a different character, a six off color. Then you'll learn. Different techniques were combining colors together, and finally, I will give you some additional tips on working with color. Now Santa Star, let's go to our first lecture 2. Characteristics of Color: character is six off color before learning color. Combining units under sent some character six off color, including hue, saturation value, lightness and color scheme. Let's start with Hugh. The hue of a color is simply the color that the color is like red, green, yellow, blue, purple, orange and etcetera. There are all different hues. If he changed the hue of a color, that color will completely change. But a Conner is now just the hue. There's in just one red. There are different kinds of red, but one make some difference. Every hue has two elements and value and saturation. First did she choose? The hue venue can make color variations off that Hugh by changing its value and its saturation value. Value is a brightness off the color. It has to do with how dark or light of the cholera za, ranging from black to white. As you can see here, this gives us many different shades from light pastel pink too deep, reddish brown saturation. Saturation is the intensity. No saturation of a color is just gray. High saturation means that the color is as intense as possible. Below. Saturation means that the pigments are almost gone, and the color is nearly gray. When you do saturated color completely. All that remains is gray. With changing the value and saturation of the color, you can make difference likenesses off that color. There are three different kinds of lightness, tint, shade and tone. It senses a mixture of a color with white, which reduces darkness and increases brightness. The shade is a mixture with black, which increases darkness at Sony's, produced either by mixing a color with gray or by both tenting and shading. At the same time, colors can be divided into three groups. Warm colors, cool colors and neutral colors. Warm colors are the colors, which you can find in fire. They are red, orange and yellow there, often brightened, happy These colors can easily be seen on grabbed the attention in opposite cool colors like blues. Blue greens on blue purples are usually in backgrounds and don't grab so much attention. They are mysterious or calm, depending on how you present them. Neutral colors are colors which are not warm or cool. They are black, white and grays, or some kind of greens or purples. We shall created by equal amount of primary colors these colors don't walk. Feeling so much cholera scheme color scheme is the arrangements or combination of colors together. For example, this is one color scheme inspired by autumn. This one is inspired by cappuccino. This is Super Man's color scheme, and this one is Jill Cares. No, Before talking about the techniques were combining colors. You need to know what color wheel is. This is a color real. It was invented by Sir Isaac Newton a long time ago. But how can you make it? As you know, there are three primary colors red, blue and yellow. There are primary colors because you can make all the other colors by mixing those three together by mixing primary colors. Together, you will have second re colors, which are purple, green and orange blue on red. Make purple, blue and yellow. Make green, red and yellow. Make orange again. If you combine second recovers with primary colors, you will have tertiary colors, which are yellow, green, yellow, orange, red, orange, red, purple, blue, purple and blue green. If you continue this process and continue combining them together, you're kind of wheel becomes Maura and Mawr, complete to the point which you will have all the different hues off colors in a car wheel . One side is always filled with warm colors. On the other side is filled with cool colors. There are even Mawr complex color wheels, for example, this one shows more than just you. It shows each heel with different values, and this one shows each you with different situations. What do you want to make? A color scheme? You gotta choose different hues from a color wheel like this and then play with their likeness to make them brighter, darker or gray. Er, the tricky part is choosing the right Hughes. In the next lecture, you're gonna learn the famous techniques. You can use the combined colors together in an attractive way. I'm gonna show you examples of each technique you can find. The example falls in the class project. Tap into resource is part downloaded and add your own cutters to them and use them for the class project. So let's go to the next lecture color combination techniques 3. Color Combinations that Work: color combination techniques. So how do you put this all together to create professional looking color schemes? There are actually tried and true formulas based on something called color harmony that can help color harmony uses the color wheel to illustrate time to sit color combinations. We will explore some of the most common types of harmony below. The first and easiest way to make a color scheme is called Monica Room. It means you just pick one hue and use your knowledge of saturation of value to create variations in other wars. Use different shades. Sand sort zones on von Hue to create your color scheme. This technique is very conservative because it always works. I just see it in some fashion styles on photographs. Here are some examples of Monarch Room The second technique is complementary colors. Colors opposite to each other in the color wheel or complementary colors. If you blend them together, gray will a maid. One of the best techniques to make color palette is using compliments Rick collars And, of course, in all of this techniques, you can add other shades of each. You tear palette to generally designers Use the SEC Nick when they want to grab attention. You can see these pallets in lots off posters, book covers and locals. Here are some examples Before using these colors in your design, you should obey some rules and putting them together for every two colors. You should use specific proportion of them. Take yellow on purple as an example. The rule is 123 If you paint once core yellow, you should paint three scores purple. If you don't obey this rule, for example, using them equally, the yellow will seem too intense and sharp, and it won't look good at all. The third technique is to split the compliment color. With this technique, you split one side of the real, for example, green and red or complementary colors. But instead of simply using red, you can split it and use red, orange and red purple and use those ones with green. Here are some examples. The fourth technique is too drastic. You can split both side of the real to it means that instead of using red and green, it can split the red to red, orange and red purple and also split the green to yellow, green and blue green then use those four colors together. You can see on the will that those colors are compliment pair wise. Here are some examples The fifth technique is analogous is to use the colors in the color wheel, which are next to each other. They are different in hue, but they are really close to each other and working with them is really easy. But he should know that this scheme provides very little contrast. Here are some examples the last sick nick is try attic. It is a scheme with three colors, which are evenly spaced in a color. Real try. Attic color schemes are a little risky to create because the colors in them are very different from each other. Here are some examples In the next lecture, I'm gonna give you some tips on working with color. 4. Tips on Working With Color: tips on working with colors. Sometimes neutral color schemes serves best. Neutral cutters are those that have lightness but no hue or saturation. They are white, black and all the shades of gray. In your first experiences, try to use less colors and more neutral colors so we can have more control on your design. Then try to add bolder colors as accents. Neutral colors can help you balance your designs, so when you do use color, it really sends out. Remember that any Connor should be seen on its background in your artwork easily. Have you ever seen Connors that seemed to vibrate when they're placed next to each other? Sometimes there's no problem with the Hughes that you're using, and all you need is a little contrast. You're just Bryden or doctor them a little bit to make a little contrast between them, and they would look perfect on each other. Readability is an important factor in any design. Your Connors should be legible and easy on the eyes, especially when working with text. Sometimes that means not using cutter, at least none in every little detail. As a designer, you should know what feelings each color induces in order to use colors perfectly for every individual. These feelings can be different in different cultures and for people with different experiences. For example, Red can generate positive feelings like passion and love. But some people may perceive unpleasant feelings from red like danger or emergency. Anyway, most people share the same feelings. For example, bright colors tend to have a fun or modern live. The's saturated colors often appear more serious or business like, and sometimes it just depends on the context. With practice and creativity, there's a limit to what he can do. Here is a chart off feelings that colors create. We can also download A Pdf file from The resource is Off this class. Inspiration is everywhere. You can easily get inspired from famous swords, paintings, photographs or even nature. Besides, there are many color palette generators and digital color wheels on the Internet. You can use them to generate color schemes, or you can easily upload your images on them and create new, exciting color palettes. 5. Conclusion: congratulations. Now you know the commandments off color theory. Be sure to download the additional files that I attached to this Crass. They can be really helpful for you. Let me sure to share your project with us. I'll get so happy when I see them. Thank you for rushing this class. Adios.