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An overview of elements

From: Foundations of Color

Video: An overview of elements

Controlling the elements doesn't mean you have the power to change the weather, or manipulate psychic powers.i But it does mean this. Knowing the basic elements of color, will help you control and design what's happening in the world of your image. But to explain the elements, of a single color would be difficult without showing them in the context of other colors. So I'll explain the elements by using scales. The six elements of colors are;- value, saturation, neutral, temperature, texture, opacity.

An overview of elements

Controlling the elements doesn't mean you have the power to change the weather, or manipulate psychic powers.i But it does mean this. Knowing the basic elements of color, will help you control and design what's happening in the world of your image. But to explain the elements, of a single color would be difficult without showing them in the context of other colors. So I'll explain the elements by using scales. The six elements of colors are;- value, saturation, neutral, temperature, texture, opacity.

Value is the relative darkness or lightness of a color. If we look at a color in varying degrees of value, it's easier to understand the value of the color If we slowly take away the chroma or vibrancy of the color. Saturation, also known as vibrancy or chroma, is the colorfulness, or the perceived intensity of a specific color. It can be very colorful, vibrant, or lacking in vibrancy. If you remove the chroma of a color, you're neutralizing it Neutral is a lack of chroma in a color.

If a color is lacking in vibrancy, it's considered neutral. Here's a scale of color that demonstrates, its most vibrant version to its most neutral by adding black. By combining it with its complement or combining it with three primaries. And by adding two colors opposite in temperature, you can also neutralize color. Temperature is the degree to which a color appears to be warm or cool to the touch.

With a cool, color on one end of the scale and a warm on the other end, the colors in the middle are neutral in temperature and overall vibrancy. Texture is the appearance of the surface of a color in relationship to how it might feel to the touch. Colors can be highly textured or minimally so, but the variation affects the overall appearance of the color. In the examples here, the colors vary in the kind of texture as they might relate to different applications of media. And style, graphic, painted, digital, drawn etched et cetera.

Opaque, translucent and transparent color is dependent on the amount of light passing through a color. Opaque color does not let the light pass through it. Translucent, allows some light to pass through and transparent color allows all the light to pass through. Controlling the balance of value, vibrancy, neutrality, temperature, texture, and level of transparency is a way to harness the power of your imagery. And summoning, the power of the elements in your visual world can feel like you're controlling the universe.

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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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