Lesson 2 : Color lingo


Here are some words and concepts that will help you understand discussions on color.

Primary Colors (for Light)

Red, Green ,Blue 

additive

When you add light (RGB)

 

 

 

Primary Colors (for Paint)

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key (Black) 

subtractive

When you mix paint (CMYK)


 

 

 

Discriptive Terms

Saturation

rgb

Saturated Colors

The degree of purity of a hue

 

 

Intensity

The brightness or dullness of a hue

Luminance

A measure of the amount of light reflected (referred to as V in HSV)

 

 

 

Shade

shade

addition of black


 

Tone

tone

addition of grey

Tint

tint

addition of white

 

Color Gamut

gamut

Representation of colors within color limitations of devices (printers, monitors, cameras ect)

 

Color Nonsense

Everybody has a personal theory of color. Everybody should - because color sense is highly personal.

But then, there are those who make universal truths about color instead of presenting it as their own color opinion - that will change next week.