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In this Photoshop for Designers course, Nigel French focuses on the tools and features in Photoshop designed for choosing, applying, and editing color. The course looks at concepts such as the color wheel and color harmonies as well as the practicalities of using the Color Picker, leveraging the power of color channels, and the characteristics of different color modes in Photoshop. The course includes exercises on correcting color, enhancing color, shifting and replacing colors, working with spot color channels, hand coloring black and white images, and designing with a reduced color palette.
Now that we have our color wheel built, we can use it to help understand color-harmony rules. Color-harmony rules are one way of making informed choices about the colors that you use. I am going to demonstrate four commonly used color-harmony rules and they are Analogous, Monochromatic, Complementary and Triad. Analogous colors are those that are adjacent to each other on the Color Wheel. Complementary colors are those that are diagonally opposite each other on the Color Wheel.
Monochromatic colors are colors of the same hue, but different tints and shades of that hue. And for a Color Triad, imagine an equilateral triangle, the three points of that triangle make up your color triad. Color-harmony rules are the only way of making color relationships, but they are as good a way as any. In the next movie, we'll see how we can use Kuler which is a tool that comes with Photoshop, with InDesign and with Illustrator and that will help us generate color palettes based upon color-harmony rules and then add those colors to our swatches.
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