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Week 7-Color Theory

1. Having watched the video with Nigel French – describe, in your own words, what each of these colour systems means: RGB and CMYK.

The RGB system is a system based on the colors red green and blue. In contrary to how we blend colors in real life this system blends its colors by adding. It means that the more colors you add the lighter the image will get. Because the computer uses light to create the colors on screen. The RGB systems brightness values are measured on a scale from  0-255, zero being the darkest(black )and  255 brightest(white).  This system is really good given thought it can create millions of colors and produce the best pictures. But it only works on a computer screen. That is where the second system comes in:

The CMYK system is a system based on the colors Cyan, Magenta, yellow and black(or a dark mix of those three colors). This system is used for printing and can’t create as many colors as the RGB system. The CMYK system uses blends its colors by subtracting, which is how we do it when blending colors for a painting for example. This means that the more colors you blend, the darker your result color gets. The color channels of a CMYK image are measured from 0 to 1000. in the light areas you get small values and in the dark areas you get high values.

The difference is that when we look colors on screen we are looking at the colors of light, the rgb colors. But when we look at print we are looking at ink or pigment, not light. This means that the colors have been converted, and there are fewer ink colors than colors of light.

2. Make use of Kuler and develop four different colour schemes. You must hand in screen shots of your schemes as done with Kuler:

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2. Use a colour photo of your choice and create the following colour effects (as per Nigel French’s video)

you should hand in four separate works of the same photo with the following effects:

  • Create an “Andy Warhol” look
  • Apply a sepia look
  • Split toning of the image
  • Freestyle: a colour effect of your choice

I chose a photo I took of my little sister earlier this year:


Andy Warhole look :


Sepia look :


Split toning look :


Freestyle :


3. Design a book cover for one of the following: 

a.) “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Wolf: use complementary colours to express anguish and uncertainty.

b.) “The Maiden’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood: use analogous colours with a contrasting accent to express disagreement and discontent.

c.) “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: use secondary colours to express naivety, honesty and harmony.

  • The book cover must contain the title and the author’s name.
  • You must clearly make use of colour to express the desired effects.

I chose the option c, here is my book cover



and a mockup 🙂



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