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Color Relationships

Color Relationships

If you’ve watched Color Theory: The Basics, you’re familiar with how we perceive color and you understand how to describe color in terms of its three elements … hue, value and intensity.  In this lesson, we’ll move on to the mysteries of using colors together.

Lots of people think it takes some innate intuitive force, and some are really good at it.  But actually, using colors together is based on objective rules, rules that you can learn.  Now, we’ll find out what those rules are in this video, Color Relationships.

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Simultaneous Contrast

If you watched Color Theory Part 1, you’re familiar with how we perceive color and you understand how to describe color in terms of its three elements. Hue, value, and intensity. In this video we’ll move on to the mysteries of using colors together. Lots of people think that it takes some innate, intuitive force and some are really good at it. But actually, using colors together is based on objective rules. Rules that you can learn. Now we’ll find out what those rules are.

In Color Theory Part 1, I referred to Michel Chevreul, the father of modern color theory. He said that colors seen simultaneously to influence each other in terms of hue, value, and intensity. And he called this the law of ‘simultaneous contrast.’ Colors seen simultaneously contrast with each other in a predictable way. This is the basis for color study and we’ll look at lots of examples. We’ll discuss the ‘hue contrast’ last because they’re more complicated. And they depend on hue relationships.