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Foundations of Color

Illuminating light


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Foundations of Color

with Mary Jane Begin

Video: Illuminating light

I'd like to have a conversation about light. Because without light, we can't see color. This makes light, one of the top considerations for defining forms, developing space, and depicting emotional content in the piece. The exploration of light as it affects colors in an image will leads us to consider many things. Value, intensity, saturation and neutralization of a color and complimentary relationships. We'll start with the most concrete concern, creating or developing the illusion of form.
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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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Foundations of Color
1h 57m Beginner Aug 20, 2013

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Color is a fundamental element of our lives. Understanding how to use it for visual communication in a variety of contexts is essential for designers and artists. This course is about learning how to use color, not only to create more effective designs, but also to tell a story. Illustrator, professor, and author Mary Jane Begin explains how color intertwines with brand identity, how it affects the mood of a piece and directs the viewer's attention to areas of interest, and how it can connect images or create space between elements. She removes the mystery surrounding the color wheel and color relationships; shows how to layer, mix, and digitally alter color; and use light to integrate temperature, translucency, and contrast.

These lessons are applicable to a number of fields, including graphic design, photography, and illustration, and both traditional and digital media. Dive in and get a fresh look at color that is sure to revitalize your creativity and your work.

Topics include:
  • Understanding why color is essential for you as an artist, designer, or human being
  • Storytelling with color
  • Understanding brand identity and color language
  • Reviewing the history of color usage, from print to digital
  • Working with the color wheel
  • Understanding value, saturation, and temperature
  • Seeing through color: opaque, translucent, and transparent
  • Creating contrast
  • Exploring depth of field
  • Seeing complementary relationships in light
  • Achieving harmony and discord in a palette
  • Understanding color blindness
Subjects:
Design Color Design Skills
Author:
Mary Jane Begin

Illuminating light

I'd like to have a conversation about light. Because without light, we can't see color. This makes light, one of the top considerations for defining forms, developing space, and depicting emotional content in the piece. The exploration of light as it affects colors in an image will leads us to consider many things. Value, intensity, saturation and neutralization of a color and complimentary relationships. We'll start with the most concrete concern, creating or developing the illusion of form.

When I work with a model set up for my color class at (INAUDIBLE) One of the most important decisions is, where do I put the lights? The colors for backdrops, and costumes, are carefully considered, and the model pose designed for a strong composition. But if the light is too bright, too dim, or not positioned for maximum interest, the composition will suffer, and the form can appear flat. If we're playing the role of magician with light and color, We can't ignore how light, can be used effectively to create the depth of field in an image.

Using light direction, temperature, value range, reflection of color, primary or secondary light sources, the intensity of light contrast and a particular point of view. We can play with the viewer's perception of space an image. A discussion about light would never be compelte without touching on its powers to emote. A stark contrasting light, has a very different effect on emotions than a soft general light. Light is responsible for defining form. Creating the illusion of space, and conjuring particular emotions.

If you understand the impact of light, on an image you can control the viewers perception, and carefully manipulate what they think and feel. It isn't really magical once you deconstruct the power of light, but it's absolutely amazing how powerful the role can be in the creation of an image.

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