Color Theory

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In this Color Theory training class, students will learn the basics of thinking about color and about the rules and considerations for working with color in design projects.

  1. Learn about the traditional color wheel and explore color in Adobe Illustrator.
  2. Learn about relationships between colors and how to create a color "feel".
  3. Learn basic color theory principles.
  4. Learn about considerations for print and web.
  5. Learn to create a color palette for your project.
  1. Terminology
    1. Color Wheel
      1. Primary Color
      2. Secondary Color
      3. Tertiary Color
    2. Saturation
    3. Hues and Shades
      1. Hues
      2. Shades
      3. Tints
      4. Tones
    4. Exploring Shades and Tints Using Adobe Illustrator
    5. Value of the Hue
    6. Colors
      1. Neutral Colors
      2. Warm Colors
      3. Cool Colors
      4. Monochromatic Colors
    7. Color Scheme
  2. Building an Efficient Color Theme
    1. Triadic
    2. Complementary
    3. Split
    4. Analogous
    5. Color "Feeling" Mood
      1. Cultural Reference
  3. Color Theory Principles
    1. Complementary Colors
    2. Contrasting
    3. Vibrancy
    4. Monochromatic
  4. Color Context
    1. Mode RGB/CMYK
      1. RGB Mode
      2. CMYK Mode
    2. Print or Screen
      1. Print Features
      2. Screen Features
    3. Audience Type
    4. Scope of Project
  5. Implementing Color
    1. Create Color Palette
    2. Mechanics of a Color Scheme
    3. White Space
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