Join Jim Krause for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring alternate color options, part of Color for Design and Art.
- The early stages of a layout or an illustration…can be some of the hardest-working, deepest-digging,…and stress-generating times in the life of a designer.…These are the parts of a project where you've met…with a client and you're brainstorming, and sketching ideas,…and getting started finalizing content by trying out…color schemes and choosing fonts and all that kind of thing.…And it's hard work and it's sometimes long hours.…So, I don't know about you, but when I finally…get to the point where things have come together…and I'm looking at a layout, a logo, a graphic,…or an illustration that I'm happy with and…I'm feeling eager to present the thing to my client…that's when all my feelings of stress and pressure…they just go away, they disappear and it feels good.…
And you know what, interestingly, I've learned…that the best thing to do at this very moment,…this perceived moment of victory is to pull my chair…a few inches close to the computer and…I'll wipe off my glasses, crack my knuckles, and dig…even deeper into my search for the best possible…
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