Color Theory - Understanding color design.        

Color Theory

Color theory attempts to study the science, psychology, and perception of color, and how it affects our moods, emotions, and behaviors.
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Color is an integral part of our visual world, and its impact on our daily lives cannot be underestimated.

Let's explore the sixth most important aspects of color theory that designers and marketers need to consider in their work.

The first aspect of color theory is hue. Hue refers to the pure color that we see, such as red, blue, or green. The hues are positioned on the color wheel, which is a circular diagram that arranges the colors in a specific order. The color wheel has primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, and each hue has unique properties that contribute to the overall design.

The second aspect of color theory is saturation. Saturation refers to the intensity of the color, ranging from full intensity to desaturated or muted tones. Saturation can have a profound impact on our mood and emotions. High saturation colors tend to be more energetic and dynamic, while desaturated colors create a more calming and serene atmosphere.

The third aspect of color theory is value. Value refers to the lightness or darkness of the color, and it can be adjusted by adding white or black to a hue. Value is critical for creating contrast in a design and can create depth or emphasize certain elements.

The study of color theory is essential for graphic designers, artists, interior decorators, and marketers to create compelling designs that evoke the desired response from their target audience.

The fourth aspect of color theory is complementary colors. Complementary colors are the opposite colors on the color wheel; for example, red and green, blue and orange, purple and yellow. Complementary colors create a strong visual impact when used together and can be used to create contrast, emphasize certain elements, or create a vibrant and dynamic design.

The fifth aspect of color theory is analogous colors. Analogous colors are adjacent colors on the color wheel, such as red-orange, orange, and yellow-orange. Analogous colors create a harmonious and cohesive color scheme and can be used to create a subtle and sophisticated design.

The sixth aspect of color theory is the cultural and psychological implications of color. Colors have different meanings and associations in different cultures, and designers need to be aware of these cultural nuances when creating designs for a global audience. Colors also have psychological implications, and different colors can evoke different emotions and moods in people. For example, red is associated with passion and energy, while blue is associated with calmness and serenity.

Color theory is a complex and multifaceted study that plays a vital role in creating effective designs that evoke the desired response from the audience. The six aspects of color theory highlighted here, hue, saturation, value, complementary colors, analogous colors, and cultural and psychological implications, all contribute to the overall success of a design. By understanding and applying these color theory concepts, designers and marketers can create compelling visual experiences that resonate with their audience.

How we see color - The color effect.

Daylight (white light) is made up of numerous waves or impulses each having different dimensions or wavelengths. When separated, any single wavelength will produce a specific color impression to the human eye. What we actually see as color is known as its color effect. When an object is hit (bombarded) with light rays, the object absorbs certain waves and reflects others, this determines the color effect.

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Observing Color

For example, what we actually see when we observe a blue ball is that the ball appears blue because it reflects only blue light and absorbs all other light.

The ball does not have color in itself. The light generates the color. What we see as color is the reflection of specific wavelength of light rays off an object.

The color white:

If all light waves are reflected from a surface the surface will appear to be white.

The color black:

Similarly, when all light waves are absorbed by a surface the surface will appear to be black.

The energy of light waves is converted into heat when absorbed. Wearing white or light colored clothing during hot summer days takes advantage of the quality.

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The color prism

The colored light in the visible spectrum ranges from red to violet. We can see this process by passing sunlight (white light) through a prism. Upon entering the prism, white light refracts (is bent, causing light waves of different lengths to be revealed, red having the longest wave length and violet having the shortest) into the visible spectrum.

Similarly, white light can be generated when all colored light in the spectrum is passed through a converging lens.

Using the artSparx color selector

These color tones have all been created using glazes. They are hand mixed using Universal tinters, artist acrylic paint or artist oil paint blended with Glazing liquid and applied over a specific base color. Each recipe includes exact base-color specs, color mixing ratios and guides on glazing techniques. Simply choose the color you want, or learn the basic color combinations and create your own custom colors.

Note: due to the hand mixed - custom nature of each glaze recipe, your results may differ slightly.

Color Palette

color palette

From selecting Historic or Period colors to mixing original colors for glazing and decorative effects, the artSparx Color Palette is here to help. You'll find color mixing recipes, ideas and basic color principles to help get you started.

ColorSelect System

The artSparx colorSelect System provides detailed instructions and step-by-step tutorials for creating custom color effects in your home or office. For artSparxPro members. You'll learn how to: Use the correct base colors: Creating a glaze: The Colorant: The Mixing Ratio: Mixing the glaze The basic glazing process Getting Ready Testing your glaze mixture Quick Chart: Proper use of colorants

ColorScheme System

Understanding the 12 step color wheel Creating a 12 step color wheel. Basic principles of color Primary, secondary and tertiary colors Tints and shades, value and hue, neutral grays Creating harmonious color schemes Using complementary and contrasting colors Using triadic colors to create balanced color schemes Using tetrads to create balanced color schemes

Color Theory

About Color How we see color Learning to use color Advanced color principles For those interested in in-depth color learning. Ideal for designers, artists, illustrators and graphic designers.

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