LA05 – Colour Theory

1. Having watched the video with Nigel French – describe, in your own words, what each of these colour systems means: RGB and CMYK.

RGB is short for Red, Green and Blue. This is the colour system we use for on-screen projects. CMYK is short for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black, and is the colour system we use for printing. This is because RGB works in a way that you can add brightness, and add white, and with CMYK it’s the other way around. If you print in RGB, you’ll waste a lot of color on the dark areas (as in creating the colour black the system uses all colors instead of one as opposed to CMYK), and you will get a different color on your printed result than you saw when working on screen.


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

  1. Monochromatic
  2. Complementary
  3. Triadic
  4. Analogous


Question 2. Use a colour photo of your choice and create the following colour effects (as per Nigel French’s video) – you should hand in four separate works of the same photo with the following effects:

  1. Create an “Andy Warhol” look
  2. Apply a sepia look
  3. Split toning of the image
  4. Freestyle: a colour effect of your choice

Question 3. 

  • Design a book cover for one of the following:
    a.) “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Wolf: use complementary colours to express anguish and uncertainty.
    b.) “The Maiden’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood: use analogous colours with a contrasting accent to express disagreement and discontent.
    c.) “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: use secondary colours to express naivety, honesty and harmony.
  • The book cover must contain the title and the author’s name.
  •  You must clearly make use of colour to express the desired effects.





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