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Color Theory

Posted: September 20, 2012 in source, Uncategorized, week5
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The game above ‘color theory’ got me stuck on level 4!!!

Slowly but surely, I have been acquiring tools that are useful in design and this week’s topic is all about color. Color was simple when I was in grade school. My crayons started with 8 sticks of colors, then it became 16 then 24 and recently I just saw a big box of crayons with more than 100 colors. No wonder kids of today are so smart!  Ever wonder how color became so complicated? It isn’t. Understanding color theory will simplify things for us.

Color Theory :  (According to Wikipedia ) In the visual arts, color theory is a body of practical guidance to color mixing and the visual impacts of specific color combination. There are also definitions (or categories) of colors based on the color wheel: primary color, secondary color and tertiary color.

There…color still is simple. We just mix it up. Making a color darker will give it a shade. Making a color lighter is giving it a tint. Let’s leave shading and tinting and talk about CMYK and RGB.

CMYK – the letters stand for C-cyan, M-magenta, Y-yellow and K-key and these colors are called subtractive colours. In color theory, the subtractive color means subtracting light in colors. Meaning when mixing colors, the more color you add the less light it produce thus making it dark and eventually turning it into black which is the K in CMYK. Although in real life and i did experience this when i was a child, it isn’t really black but muddy gray. This is usually used in printing.

RGB – means R-red, G-green, B-blue. If CMYK is subtractive, RGB is additive and will mean that when you mix colors they add light to the mixture creating lighter colors and white in the end. The color we see on monitors are additive colors that is directly projected to the eye and tends to be brighter.

In relation to our assignment for this week, Kuler which is pronounced as ‘cooler’ will be used to compose color combinations. Here are mine:







Ok! I am ready for my third week’s tasks! I will be learning Adobe Illustrator and i thought it would be nice to know the shortcut commands of the software.

I capture copy the keyboard shortcuts from illustrator using ‘greenshot’ and combined the images using photoshop, printed it, cut and pasted together so i have a long vertical page and then folded them fan-like. I look forward to using it until it’s unrecognizable and i will have to make a new one.

Here is the compressed image before printing….