Monday, 23 April 2012

Colour theory, Investigating colour contrast.

A Useful website exploring Colour in design displaying the effects of complementary contrasts & the contrasts of extension with examples provided. For the photographs below I used a colour coding system 'Crown' use to code their extensive paint colours & a colour wheel.

Contrast of Hue; The further away the colours are on the colour wheel, the higher the contrast.
High. For example looking at my colour wheel in the photograph below you can see that yellow and blue have a high contrast of hue because of their positioning.

Low. Similar colours - cold colours appear to be more distant whereas warmer colours appear to be closer.

Contrast of tint & shade;
High. The biggest contrast of tint & shade is black & white, one is high in value whereas the other is low in value.

The contrast of hue is higher due to the colours place on the wheel. (Green & Purple.)

Contrast of Saturation;
High. A set of colours with different saturations set against a grey background can be interpreted as transparency.

Low. The colours appear more merged.
The lighter tones of colour represent the low contrast of saturation with more similarity to their opposite than the darker colours...

Simultaneous contrast; When colours are side by side they interact with one another & change our perception - the pictures below explore how our contrasts and our perception are changed when colour is changed.

as you can see the grapes look darker as the colours get darker , however the grapes are all the same colour.


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