Join Jim Krause for an in-depth discussion in this video Handling color backdrops, part of Color for Design and Art.
- Have you ever heard of upstaging?…That's when a supporting character of a stage production…suddenly decides that they are the star of the show.…They start drawing the crowd's attention to themself…instead of letting it stay on the show's stars…like it's supposed to.…So upstaging is bad.…And it's bad when it happens on stage…and it's also bad when it happens in a color scheme.…And yes, color schemes, they really do resemble…stage productions.…They're often build around one or two starring colors,…a small handful of co-stars, and then there's a bunch…of supporting temps and shades.…
And their job is to make sure that the stars look good.…So let's talk about it.…We'll talk about both supporting and starring colors.…And we'll do this in the context of backdrop hues…that are meant to support and foreground colors…that are meant to be the stars of the show.…Attention getting colors usually get noticed…by being brighter than surrounding hues and also…by being notably lighter or darker than nearby colors.…Backdrop colors, on the other hand, they're the flip side.…
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