LA week 7

Color Design

Having watched the video with Nigel French – describe, in your own words, what each of these color systems means: RGB and CMYK.
RGB stands for the primary colors red, green and blue. The RGB system is called an additive color method, and this means that as you add the light of two of the following red, green and blue you end up with lighter second primary colors. If you combine all of the three colors you’ll end up with white. The system goes from darker to lighter. This color system is used in electronic devises such as your computer, phone and television and it is created by the effect of light moving directly into the eye.

CMYK stands for cyan, magenta, yellow and key color (which is black). This color system works the opposite way than RGB, so the more color you add the darker the colors become and is called a subtractive color method as it subtract brightness from white. This color system is used for print and has a less wide range of colors than RGB. So colored images on a computer can “change” color when the image is printed, because when a color in the RGB system doesn’t exist in the CMYK system an alternative color is chosen. Therefore is can be smart to choose the color range CMYK to documents that are made for printing.

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

  • Monochromatic
    Skjermbilde 2017-03-20 kl. 12.48.48
  • Complementary
    Skjermbilde 2017-03-20 kl. 12.49.27
  • Triadic
    Skjermbilde 2017-03-21 kl. 15.25.20
  • Analogous Skjermbilde 2017-03-20 kl. 12.49.00


Use a color photo of your choice and create the following color 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
    This is the most famous look of the Marilyn Monroe image so I used kuler to make a triad color palette starting with the pink, and this is the colors I ended up with. Really close to the original art by Any Warhol and I’m very pleased with the result.
  • Apply a sepia lookSepia
    I tried all the ways of sepia toning an image but felt like this one was the best on this image. This is the photo filter with a little bit of black vignette.
  • Split toning of the imageMargot_Robbie3
  • Freestyle: a color effect of your choice
    Margot Robbie B&W
    On the last one here I’ve taken a black and white filter, adjusted the brightness and contrast, levels and at the end I colorized the image a little bit with blue. The blue in the image is not visible but I prefer this on black and white images because I feel that it gives a little extra to the black and white filter.

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