Colour Catchup: SlideShare

I realize I haven’t been keeping up with the blogging so here is a bit of a catchup. A little while ago, I posted three presentations on SlideShare which I’d like to share with you. <insert drumroll>

Three presentations on Colour Theory… “Everything You Know About Colour is Wrong” series.

Everything You Know About Colour is Wrong 1 is the basic colour theory:
Everything You Know About Colour is Wrong 1

Everything You Know About Colour is Wrong 2 is expanded colour theory:
Everything You Know About Colour is Wrong 2

Everything You Know About Colour is Wrong 3: Colour Harmonies is colour harmony and how to build one:
Everything You Know aBout Colour is Wrong 3

Because life is colourful,
Daxx

Ps. Comments would be appreciated.

107 Artist Pigment Colour Swatches

Okay. Here is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Here is 107 swatch colours sampled from high rez scans of Winsor and Newton oil colours. They were sampled in Adobe Photoshop and exported in Adobe Swatch Exchange format. This means you can import them into any graphic Adobe product inluding Flash and Illustrator. Open the swatches window and using the info panel in the swatch window, choose Load Swatches. You can download the file here.

The file is in a zip format, unpack, install and enjoy. Don’t say I never gave you anything. <smirk> Below is a screen cap from Photoshop.

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Things to remember: Designers know about CMYK. They also know that as a colour gamut, it’s very small. CMYK is the colour sphere that offset and laser printers work in.  On the other hand, painters work in rgb. In fact everything in the natural world works in rgb and it’s colour gamut is immense. Web designers work in rgb and they know that not all colours in rgb can be made in CMYK. Usually you loose the intensity and brightness when you convert and in some cases, there are significant colour shifts.

So how does this apply to the 107 pigment colours in this exchange file? Well, these colours were sampled in RGB and should really remain in RGB to maintain their integrity. There are hues within this swatch collection that cannot be created in CMYK, so convert at your own risk.

Because life is colourful.