Primarily aimed at designers and illustrators, the course leans heavily toward digital tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator, but concludes with some challenges using real-world media (inks and paints!), so members can get a solid understanding of mixing colors and what tools and combinations work best.
- Navigating the color wheel and color vocabulary
- Why a color's value is so important
- RGB vs. CMYK vs. spot
- Finding the perfect color
- Working with grays and browns
- Building a color palette
- Borrowing hues for palettes
- Establishing color hierarchies
- Fixing color problems
- Altering color in photos and illustrations
- Using texture with color
- Painting for learning and fun
Skill Level Beginner
- Hi there, I'm Jim Krause. I'm a designer, an illustrator, and an author, and I love working with color. I also like talking about choosing and using colors in terms of real world logos, layouts, illustrations, and works of art. I've written three books on color, including "Color for Designers," and a lot of stuff in that book comes up here. We're going to talk about the color wheel and creating good looking palettes for all kinds of different ways to use color to attract attention, to set a mood, deliver meaning, and to look good.
And we'll mostly be dealing with digital tools involving CMYK and RGB colors, but do stick around for the final chapter where we go analog and we play with paints. So, I'm here to help you understand more about color and to build your confidence. I'm really excited about this course, so let's get going.