Exploring Color

According to Prof. Leo Monahan, “Color is the most complex of all the elements of design. Line, shape, texture and the other elements are almost self-explanatory and while the study of those elements is complex, none of them approach the depth and breadth of color”. These learning modules have been created solely to promote awareness of design principles and elements through commentary and critical analysis. 

  • Color Is Light Exercise Completed

    There are two modes of color that define the visual world: Additive and Subtractive. In Additive, all colors combine to create white. Additive is the color system of nature. A flower garden, a landscape, a rainbow are everyday examples. So is projected light such as from televisions and computer screens. Additive colors are made up of three primaries: red, green and blue.

    Subtractive color on the other hand is basically man-made. Think about ink and paint. Nature is hardly involved. When subtractive colors are mixed, they darken – even to the point of appearing black. Subtractive colors are made up of three primaries: yellow, red and blue. When subtractive colors are mixed they tend to darken because light is being reduced. When all colors are combined in additive color, white is the result because light is being added.

  • Hue Exercise Completed

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  • Intensity Exercise Completed

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  • Value Exercise Completed

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  • Temperature Exercise Completed

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  • Proportion Exercise Completed

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  • COLOR SCHEMES AND STRUCTURES Exercise Completed

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