Join Jim Krause for an in-depth discussion in this video Using digital aids to choose and refine colors, part of Color for Design and Art.
- I want to introduce you to two…of my favorite digital, color-based tools.…Illustrator's Color Guide and the Color Picker…that shows up in both Illustrator and Photoshop.…Both of these tools help me do…my color work faster and better.…This applies when I'm choosing individual colors,…and when I'm assembling entire palettes,…and also when I'm making modifications to color schemes.…Let's start with Illustrator's Color Guide.…I'll begin by adding a bright orange…straight from the Swatches panel to my graphic.…
Next, I'll head up to the Window menu…and open the Color Guide which comes up…with the orange already loaded at top left.…Then I'll use the Color Guide's pull-down menu…and ask the Color Guide to open…the monochromatic two relatives of the orange.…Our current color is now at the center of the top row.…Darker, lighter, and more muted versions are on either side.…A bunch of darker, lighter, brighter and duller versions…of the color are elsewhere on the grid.…While I still have the orange element…of my graphic selected,…
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