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Challenge: Deconstructing color

From: Foundations of Color

Video: Challenge: Deconstructing color

Have you ever bitten into a delicious cookie, and wondered what's that flavor I taste? Is it cinnamon, or ginger? Trying to figure out the ingredients, of a thing is something we do any time we want to replicate it. With complex systems, it's known as reverse engineering. A process of trying to figure out the properties, function, and principles of something. If you apply that thinking to color, you can learn simply by deconstructing what they're made of, so that you can replicate a color based on analysis and experience.

Challenge: Deconstructing color

Have you ever bitten into a delicious cookie, and wondered what's that flavor I taste? Is it cinnamon, or ginger? Trying to figure out the ingredients, of a thing is something we do any time we want to replicate it. With complex systems, it's known as reverse engineering. A process of trying to figure out the properties, function, and principles of something. If you apply that thinking to color, you can learn simply by deconstructing what they're made of, so that you can replicate a color based on analysis and experience.

Your challenge, is to find a pre-made tertiary color from a tube of paint, a pastel stick, or if you're in a digital environment, it could be from an image or a palette in Photoshop. Look at the color for ten seconds, then hide it from your view. Don't cheat. Using whatever materials, that the color is made of--pixel, paint, or other media--and try to recreate what you remember that color to be in the same medium, to get to what you think is the color. Make it an inch by an inch square or larger.

The color should be at least a 50% value for best results, and placed on a white colored background. Depending on your medium of choice, this challenge will take you anywhere from five to ten minutes. This will be a good test of your color memory, and it will also be a good lesson in deconstructing color. Check out the solution video, and see how one of my students deconstructed her color in an attempt to create the perfect color match.

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Foundations of Color

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  1. 5m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Traditional media to digital: The long and winding road of color
      3m 48s
    3. Exercise files
      22s
  2. 14m 40s
    1. Introduction: How color shapes meaning
      2m 23s
    2. Universal, cultural, and personal symbols of color
      2m 52s
    3. Concepts made clear
      4m 1s
    4. Brand identity and language
      2m 53s
    5. Sequence and pattern
      2m 31s
  3. 14m 18s
    1. What is the color wheel?
      2m 20s
    2. Primary colors, primary concerns
      3m 59s
    3. Playing with complementary colors
      3m 40s
    4. Tertiary colors: The basics of brown and gray
      4m 19s
  4. 17m 20s
    1. An overview of elements
      2m 48s
    2. Value is not a moral judgment
      2m 26s
    3. Saturation to neutralization
      3m 22s
    4. Temperature: How hot is hot?
      3m 12s
    5. Textures, marks, dashes, and dots
      2m 59s
    6. Seeing through color: Opaque, translucent, and transparent
      2m 33s
  5. 12m 25s
    1. What is contrast?
      3m 10s
    2. Creating focus: Living on the edge
      1m 15s
    3. Creating the readable image
      4m 6s
    4. Connecting contrast with content
      3m 54s
  6. 17m 29s
    1. Illuminating light
      1m 54s
    2. The effect of contrast in light
      1m 53s
    3. Value and saturation
      2m 27s
    4. On temperature
      2m 58s
    5. On complements
      2m 10s
    6. Secondary and reflected light
      3m 5s
    7. RGB vs. CMYK
      3m 2s
  7. 14m 24s
    1. An introduction to palettes
      2m 15s
    2. Limited palettes: A harmonious color palette
      2m 35s
    3. Harmony and discord
      2m 33s
    4. Unifying color grounds
      2m 40s
    5. Unifying glazes and layers
      2m 13s
    6. Charting a color family
      2m 8s
  8. 20m 25s
    1. Balance of shapes: How much is too much?
      3m 36s
    2. Weaving textural color
      2m 50s
    3. Color in context
      2m 31s
    4. Color blindness
      3m 15s
    5. Challenge: Deconstructing color
      1m 28s
    6. Solution: Demo of deconstructing color
      6m 45s
  9. 1m 3s
    1. Conclusion
      1m 3s

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