Color Theory Essentials
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Color Theory Essentials

How to easily generate a color theme for any project
3.8 (14 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
58 students enrolled
Created by Mark Gatter
Last updated 10/2018
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • After watching these videos, students should never have trouble coming up with a great color scheme ever again!
Requirements
  • A computer and internet access are vital, and it will really help if you have Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
Description

Coming up with a range of colors for a project can be a daunting prospect. Fortunately, there are loads of useful tools out there to help you create the color theme of your dreams. You can take a 'traditional' approach, or use colors from a picture, get help from one of the many online sites or...stand on the shoulders of giants.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who needs to be able to generate a color theme for a project should take this course.
Course content
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+ 1 - Color Theory Essentials – Getting to a Color Scheme
12 lectures 49:26

Color is something that we see. Seeing it depends on several things, including light. Which we can't actually see. Huh? Surely, light is what we see? Nope. Watch this video to find out why.

Preview 03:50

Primary colors can't be mixed...or can they? Secondary colors are created by mixing two primaries, and then there are tertiary colors. But what's the difference between primaries of RGB and CMY(K)?

Preview 02:22

RGB colors overlap to produce C, M and Y. And, CMY colors overlap to give you R, G and B. But C, M and Y (plus 'K', black) is a much smaller 'space' than RGB..they are the colors you can print vs. the colors you can see. And that can be very dangerous if you're a graphic designer...

Preview 04:44

Black and white mix to give you grey. But, so do magenta and green. Really? Really. And they're perfect opposites. Watch the video, and I'll prove it.

Color Theory Essentials - Color Opposites
02:55

The color wheel, a circular arrangement of all the colors of the rainbow, can be used to produce a range of color themes of varying complexity. Monochromatic, the simplest, uses shades of just one color. Others, such as 'split complementary', use several as well as a variety of hues, tints, tones and shades. This video shows you all the options.

Color Theory Essentials - Creating a Color Theme
05:42

There are loads of sites which will help you create your own color schemes. Some rely on the color wheel, some let you upload an image and choose colors from that. Others give you things like font comparison and even tell you if pencils and yarn are available in the colors you've chosen!

Color Theory Essentials - Online Assets
04:38

An in-depth look at Adobe's very own online color scheme generator. You can use a 'color wheel' approach, or upload an image and choose colors from that. You can also save your scheme to the site, and download other schemes that you like.

Color Theory Essentials - Adobe Color
03:57

Does it matter which color you use to paint, for example, your living room? What do colors mean to us? Can they influence our thinking - and therefore our actions. How are they used in branding?

Color Theory Essentials - Color Psychology, part 1
07:23

Can colors persuade us to buy something? This video looks at a practical example of color psychology in marketing, and suggests how these tendencies might have developed.

Color Theory Essentials - Color Psychology, part 2
03:37

Adobe Illustrator is a powerful vector graphics program with many amazing features. One of Illustrator's less well-known tools allows you to save colors as a color scheme. This video shows you how, using the Recolor Artwork panel.

Color Theory Essentials - Generating a Color Scheme with Adobe Illustrator CC
02:47

Adobe InDesign also has many amazing features and contains one of the best-ever tools specifically intended to help you generate a color scheme. This video looks at both the Eyedropper tool, which picks up one color at a time, and the Color Theme tool - which picks up 5 colors at a time. It also shows you three different ways you can use it.

Color Theory Essentials - Generating a Color Scheme with Adobe InDesign CC
03:40

And finally, if you still can't decide on which colors to use, why not let somebody really qualified help? Like...Rembrandt, for example. Or Michaelangelo. Da Vinci. Picasso. Vermeer. Just pick your favorite artist. And the great thing is, you won't have to worry about copyright issues, at all.

Color Theory Essentials - Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
03:51