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Theory of Color Masterclass

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Slidedeck of my Color Theory Online Masterclass:
https://blogs.adobe.com/creativecloud/colour-masterclasses-in-march/

And here the recording:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pl0D4GvsHk

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Theory of Color Masterclass

  1. 1. Theories and Harmonies of Color Stéphane Baril | Creative Cloud Sr Solution Consultant | @sbaril • Design Expert at Adobe France • Digital Design Teacher for 4 years at Istituto Marangoni Paris • Co-writer of the French book «Colorisation de BD» (Eyrolles Edition) Non-credited illustrations (like these) come from these books. ©Eyrolles: Naïts & Stéphane Baril © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  2. 2. Talking about color? Defining Color Grandmaster - ©2004 MC Productions - Naïts et Didier Beddar Source : swiked.tumblr.com 2© 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  3. 3. Defining color Color is: Cultural Physical Mental 3 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  4. 4. Defining color Color is: Cultural Physical Mental 4 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  5. 5. Defining color Think about a: Green Apple 5 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  6. 6. Is that this one? 6 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  7. 7. Is that this one? 7 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  8. 8. Is that this one? 8 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  9. 9. Or this other one? 9 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  10. 10. Defining color So, defining color by an object reference is not relevant! 10 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  11. 11. Defining color Color is: Cultural Physical Mental 11 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  12. 12. Newton experiment Prisms can decompose white light into a spectrum of colors Photo by D-Kuru on Wikipedia — http://tinyurl.com/wikiprism1 Additive Color System 12 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  13. 13. Spectrum of colors perceived by the human eye Cornea Pupil Iris Crystalline Optic Nerve Retina Cosmic Rays Gamma Rays Micro Waves Radio Waves X Ray 380nm 780nm Visible spectrum of the Electromagnetic Waves + 0 - B-Y Stage 1: Cone Oppon Retina Stage 2: Cone Oppon Cortex CBlackwell 2012 R-G B-W Sources: Doctor Craig Blackwell: www.youtube.com/user/cbeyedr http://www.blackwelleyesight.com Rod Dim Light Peripheral Bright Light Fovea Light - Sensing Non - Visual Cones Gang Cell CBlackwell 2012 CBlackwell 2011 Ganglion Cells Bipolar Cells Photoreceptors TheRetinaTheRetina Rod Cone Pigment Epithelium Capillary (Choroid) Light CBlackwell 2011 & 2012 CBlackwell 2012 13 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  14. 14. Afterimage 14 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  15. 15. Afterimage 15 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  16. 16. Defining color Color is: Cultural Physical Mental Construction 16 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  17. 17. Mental: Influence of the environment Your brain balances light & color variations according to the context 17 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  18. 18. Mental: Influence of lights and shadows A B Edward H. Adelson «Checker Shadow Illusion 4» by Edward H. Adelson http://persci.mit.edu/people/adelson 18 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  19. 19. Mental: Influence of the lights and shadows A B Edward H. Adelson «Checker Shadow Illusion 4» by Edward H. Adelson http://persci.mit.edu/people/adelson 19 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  20. 20. Mental: Influence of color context «The Art of Color: the subjective experience and objective rationale of color» by Johannes Itten (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Itten 20 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  21. 21. Mental: Influence of the color environment «The Art of Color: the subjective experience and objective rationale of color» by Johannes Itten (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Itten 21 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  22. 22. Mental: Influence of the color environment 22 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  23. 23. Mental: Influence of the color environment 23 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  24. 24. Mental: Influence of ambient light «Color constancy is an example of subjective constancy and a feature of the human color perception system which ensures that the perceived color of objects remains relatively constant under varying illumination conditions». Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_constancy 24 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  25. 25. Mental: The Cathedral of Rouen is white-beige Sources: http://fr.fotolia.com/id/52471072 25 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  26. 26. Mental: The Cathedral of Rouen by Claude Monet «Rouen Cathedral series» by Claude Monet — Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rouen_Cathedral_(Monet) 26 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  27. 27. Mental: The Cathedral of Rouen by Claude Monet «Rouen Cathedral series» by Claude Monet — Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rouen_Cathedral_(Monet) 27 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  28. 28. Mental: The Cathedral of Rouen by Claude Monet «Rouen Cathedral series» by Claude Monet — Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rouen_Cathedral_(Monet) 28 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  29. 29. Mental: The Cathedral of Rouen by Claude Monet «Rouen Cathedral series» by Claude Monet — Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rouen_Cathedral_(Monet) 29 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  30. 30. Mental: The Cathedral of Rouen by Claude Monet «Rouen Cathedral series» by Claude Monet — Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rouen_Cathedral_(Monet) 30 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  31. 31. Mental: The Cathedral of Rouen by Claude Monet «Rouen Cathedral series» by Claude Monet — Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rouen_Cathedral_(Monet) 31 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  32. 32. Mental: The Cathedral of Rouen by Claude Monet «Rouen Cathedral series» by Claude Monet — Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rouen_Cathedral_(Monet) 32 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  33. 33. Mental: Your brain balances color according to the evolution of light… «Rouen Cathedral series» by Claude Monet — Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rouen_Cathedral_(Monet) 33 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  34. 34. Mental: Comparing two close colors Possible only with side-by-side 34 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  35. 35. Mental: Influence of ambient light Ambiance in Design is as important as in a movie 35 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  36. 36. Color Grading: Ambiance The Matrix ©1999 - 2012 Warner Bros. Picture 36 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  37. 37. Color Grading: Ambiance is like Music The Matrix ©1999 - 2012 Warner Bros. Picture 37 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  38. 38. Mental: To conclude this part Final picture ambiance is the goal of Color Theory 38 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  39. 39. About Color Theory 39© 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  40. 40. The Color Wheel: A Powerful Tool to Understand Color Color Wheel used by painters, created by Johannes Itten Color Wheel used in Digital and Print area 40 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  41. 41. Defining a common language But before using it, we need a common vocabulary: HSL Hue, Saturation and Lightness* * Sometimes also named Luminosity or Brightness (HSB) 41 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  42. 42. Color Wheel — HSL: Hue - Saturation - Lightness Personal Photoshop 3D illustration of HSL 42 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  43. 43. Color Wheel — HSL: Hue - Saturation - Lightness Color Wheel used in Digital and Print area «Double Alaskan Rainbow» by Eric Rolph (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Double-alaskan-rainbow.jpg) Cosmic Rays Gamma Rays Micro Waves Radio Waves X Ray 380nm 780nm Visible spectrum of the Electromagnetic Waves 43 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  44. 44. Color Wheel — HSL: Hue - Saturation - Lightness http://www.thelightsurgeons.co.uk (Screenshot made in 2007 — This website design doesn’t exist anymore) 44 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  45. 45. Color Wheel — HSL: Hue - Saturation - Lightness Your Colour Perception by Liz West @LizWest_Art - http://www.liz-west.com/ - http://liz-west.blogspot.co.uk/ https://www.behance.net/gallery/23363739/Your-Colour-Perception 45 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  46. 46. Color Wheel — HSL: Hue - Saturation - Lightness Plexus No.19 by Gabriel Dawe http://www.gabrieldawe.com/installation/plexus_019.html https://www.behance.net/gdawe 46 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  47. 47. Color Wheel — HSL: Hue - Saturation - Lightness Complementary Colors Color Wheel or Desaturations 47 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  48. 48. Color Wheel — HSL: Hue - Saturation - Lightness http://www.apple.com/fr/mac (Screenshot made in 2007 — This website design doesn’t exist anymore) 48 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  49. 49. Color Wheel — HSL: Hue - Saturation - Lightness 49 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  50. 50. Color Wheel — HSL: Hue - Saturation - Lightness http://superfluousbanter.org (Screenshot made in 2007 — This website design doesn’t exist anymore) 50 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  51. 51. Color Harmony Principles Overview of the Main Color Harmony Principles 51 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  52. 52. Color Wheel — Monochromatic Color 52 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  53. 53. Color Wheel — Complementary Colors Shaman, #2 - ©2005 MC Productions - Olivier & Stéphane Péru Colors: Stéphane Péru (a thought for him) 53 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  54. 54. Color Wheel — Complementary Colors http://azzabee.com.au/ (Screenshot made in 2007 — This website design doesn’t exist anymore) 54 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  55. 55. Color Wheel — Complementary Colors «Starry Night» by Van Gogh http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Van_Gogh_-_Starry_Night_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg 55 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  56. 56. Color Wheel — Split Complementary Colors T-Shirt Design by TJ www.lafraise.com 56 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  57. 57. Color Wheel — Split Complementary Colors http://www.kingtut.org/ (Screenshot made in 2007 — This website design doesn’t exist anymore) 57 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  58. 58. Color Wheel — Triad Colors 58 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  59. 59. Color Wheel — Triad Colors http://www.urbanchip.com.ar/ (Screenshot made in 2007 — This website design doesn’t exist anymore) 59 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  60. 60. Color Wheel — Tetrad Colors 60 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  61. 61. Color Wheel — Tetrad Colors http://loveisrespect.org/ (Screenshot made in 2007 — This website design doesn’t exist anymore) 61 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  62. 62. Color Wheel — And so on… First study based on equal repartition, plus other tests … then, some choices & adjustments The CS6 Desktop Brand System - http://blogs.adobe.com/brandexperience/2012/05/16/the-cs6-desktop-brand-system 62 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  63. 63. Color Wheel — Analogous Colors T-Shirt Design by Jus2Pom T-Shirt Design by MrWayne www.lafraise.com 63 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  64. 64. Color Wheel — Analogous Colors http://www.elmwood.co.uk/ (Screenshot made in 2007 — This website design doesn’t exist anymore) 64 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  65. 65. Color Wheel — Analogous Colors Mark Rothko (1950) - Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA Source: http://www.wikiart.org/en/mark-rothko/no-5-no-22 65 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  66. 66. A visual atmosphere = Colors and Lights Shaman, #2 - ©2005 MC Productions - Olivier & Stéphane Péru - Colors: Stéphane Péru Original converted in Grayscale Original with Color 66 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  67. 67. Highlighting an item by color More contrast and details in the color of the main elements. Depth in this scene is accentuated by the high saturation of foreground color and brightness / saturation decreasing with the distant elements (atmospheric perspective). Elements that should attract the reader’s eye here have more vivid colors. Grandmaster - ©2004 MC Productions - Naïts et Didier Beddar 67 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  68. 68. Demo color.adobe.com 68 17/03/15 © 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  69. 69. Q&A time Come on guys, we have questions! 69© 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.

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