Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Are her eyes green or brown?

So I was told that no one truly has blue eyes. Huh? What? You have to be kidding me. I look at my son every day with his bright blue eyes. There has to be some mistake. So I take his picture and load it onto photo shop. WTH happened to my sons blue eyes? It's all about subtractive and additive color schemes. Whether you are looking at the eye in RYB or RGB. When you look at someones eyes with out using a camera or a digital monitor you see reflective light. This light is subtractive and takes away color giving it a feel that what you see is blue. Now take the same eye and load it onto a computer. Now you are looking at direct light which adds color giving it a totally different feel.

It sometimes becomes a task when you create an image on your computer and when you go to print it looks nothing like you thought it would look like in print. This is because the digital world is using Red, Blue, Green (RGB) Direct light when determining color and print uses Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black (CMYK) reflective light. You must think about this when you are choosing your colors on an image and adjust when needed. When ever possible use the Pan tone color formula guides to select which colors to use.

Color creates emotion in an image. I created a logo for a project in class. I researched the meaning of the colors that I used in the image. I wanted a warm and motherly feel when creating my logo. The main image was of the Phoenix. The image itself has a meaning of re-birth and the ability to heal. The colors I used were Yellow and Orange. These colors not only compliment each other, they both give a positive and comforting feel when you look at them. Yellow has a majestic, happy, and powerful feeling while Orange demands attention and represents the flow of change. Combined with image I feel it brought out the emotions in people I was looking for.

Colors can change the effect you have on an audience, so choose them wisely. Colors can give give an illusion of other colors depending on the light around them and how you are viewing them. Color is what makes this world such a wonderful place and color will continue to shape our world until the end of time. That will happen in 2012 BTW lol. Have fun and do some finger painting instead of watching TV for a change.

1 comment:

  1. Yes colors change, but the blue/brown dilemma is actually the simultaneous contrast of colors. The book Photoshop LAB Color: The Canyon Conundrum and Other Adventures in the Most Powerful Colorspace (Paperback) is a fabulous book on the subject, but you may have to read the latter chapters two or three times before it sinks in.