Color Theory And Photography
Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Colors
In the RYB (or subtractive) color model, the primary colors are red, yellow and blue The three secondary colors (green, orange and purple) are created by mixing two primary colors Another six tertiary colors are created by mixing primary and secondary colors
Electronic and Pigment Based Color
(CMYK) When use pigments, you add differing amounts of paint to create color. The more pigment you add, the darker your color usually becomes. 0% pigment is white, at 100% pigment (or you have mixed together pigments that absorb every wavelength of visible light) you have black. (RGB) A LCD screen starts out black; light is added to the screen in differing amounts to create color. The more light from the red, green, and blue phosphors that is added, the brighter and lighter the screen becomes. Therefore, when you have 0% intensity of red, green, and blue the screen is black and when you have 100% intensity of the red, green, and blue phosphors, the screen is white.
Color Properties Hue: The name of the color. This allows us to distinguish one color from another by name Value (Saturation): The lightness or darkness of a color. The most important to keep in mind: if the value of a color is wrong, then the color is wrong Intensity: The purity or strength of a color (affected by other hues or value) Tune: The darkness level of grey
Warm and cool colors
Tints - adding white to a pure hue Shades - adding black to a pure hue
Tints, Shades, and Tones Tints - adding white to a pure hue Shades - adding black to a pure hue Tones - adding gray to a pure hue
Browser Safe Color 216 hues that can be shown on most monitors with responsible consistency and without dithering
Color Scheme Monochromatic Color Scheme Analogous Color Scheme
Complementary Color Scheme
Complementary Colors Direct / True complementary Split complementary
Double complementary Triad Mutual complementary
Color and Photography Color affect one another Color creates moods
Using color to create a focal point Color harmony (So detailed for another 4 classes) Demo
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