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Color Theory Crash Course by pronouncedyou Color Theory Crash Course by pronouncedyou
This is a basic color tutorial. I'm sure a lot of you guys learned this in school, so it's basically a refresher course. Or it's more of a "put one foot into the door" sort of course. This is definitely no where near an end-all-be-all tutorial. I suggest everyone to look up multiple tutorials and draw from many places to learn. I encourage you to continue to investigate color theory, because we never really stop learning.

I've learned so much since writing this, and I hope you do, too.

Please note that I did not include every color combination ever, this was just mostly a general idea tutorial. Take what you learn and apply it to your own art. I know this is under traditional, but it is used for every type of art.

Thanks to everyone who responded to [link] ! I tried to include a lot of the combinations you guys liked. ;)

~totorochic linked some great websites for reference:
[link] this is a link for color harmonies in popular logos
[link] and this is a color scheme chooser.

The greatest way to learn color is to practice a lot, so get out there and practice <3~

Please also note that this mostly uses RGB model as opposed to CMYK, which is vastly different. If you're into digital art, look up a CYMK model of colors!

I find that gouache is the best paint to use to learn color theory, so grab some and test it out for yourself.
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[Stock & Resources] Color Theory Crash Course by *pronouncedyou ( Suggested by Mauser712 and Featured by Elandria )
FightingWind Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Thanks for this =)
bouncy72 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Wow thank u. This is awesome. I'm sticking it on my wall for a quick (gd looking) guide. Thanks again :-)
Drixtina Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial. It's very informative and easy to understand.
CaliforniaClipper Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for putting this out there so I could learn from it. :aww:
Kamihanaki Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I really struggle with choosing color schemes, in my mind I know the 'basics', but in application I have a hard time finding what looks good together. This makes it really clear and I think I have a better handle on how to use certain colors. Thanks ^^
Yonomi Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! Thank you for making this ^_^
5er-Inkslinger Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Simply told, but very effective.  Well done.
riot-wild Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for this and especially the examples of good combinations. It will really help me to reference back when creating new color combinations. Sometimes its hard for me to find combinations pleasing to the eye due to my color blindness and the basic principle you have outlined are a big help
Kamarei Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As someone who's never been in an art class (small towns and homeschooling, whoo hoo~), this is much needed and appreciated.
G3oM Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing. This rly helped me understand color theory better.
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