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Inspite of the swirling things that are happening in my life, I managed to finish the three book covers! I found it hard to consciously think of what color to use to convey the meaning of the books’ content. I developed respect for those artists that make books very appealing when seen in bookshelves!! Salute!!
So…here are my book covers:

The Little Prince is a story I have known since gradeschool. It is one story that somehow has  a big influence in my being. Anyways, I did this last thinking I know the story already and I can easily create a design for it. Hmp! I was wrong! The colors i chose,were light colors and in harmony. The font I believe is playful.

“It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye!”

I have never read this book The handmaid’s tale but I think I will watch the movie. Analogous colors were used with green leaf as an accent.

I enjoyed doing this one. Monochrome should be used to convey anguish and uncertainty.

There, there…my book covers!!!


So Logo project is the thing of the past and according to the faculty, we will be having an exciting project this Monday. As if it isn’t already. Anyway, this week is still about colors, this time in photos. The activities are:

a) to create an Andy Warhol look: I used threshold and then used halftone dot pattern on a duplicate layer and changed blending mode to multiply. I selected the image and created colored background.Image

b) Apply a sepia look: Sepia action was used on this one and some tweaks.Image

c) split tone image:



d) and a free style one: i used black and white and levels….i think.


Now, it is time to look at book covers for the next assignment!! Ciao!


duplicated layers for selections and color, changed blending mode then used halftone – dot

split tone

duplicated layers made use of blending modes

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: