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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 )
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 ^^
Isabel-Afolalu 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
MadameMunchkin 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.
RayVictoria Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is awesome!
ewolf20 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks it kinda helped
NekkoriAdopts Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I learned all this in art class but I needed a refresher!
I'll be sure to refer to this when coloring, thanks for the tutorial!
Daintyorange Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nice tutorial, thanks <3 Sooo helpful!!!
TripleRainbowDash Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :heart:
navanavin Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! This is veryyyyyyyyy helpful :D
serafina-rose Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
KWOTESCRIPTURES Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Thank you I will implement this.
DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured here
Consider giving the article a :+fav:
bubbIies Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing tutorial (or whatever you want to call it :B)
GabrielaBorta Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! This is really helpfull :)
kairinaminemix Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks fo this! I'm more of a pencil artist but I'm gradually trying to work my way into getting knowledge of color since I'm so bad at it... tee-hee
HCShannon Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think all artists should know this!
Sweartoad Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this! I needed to be refreshed :D
kassieisabap Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
this is really cool...
airealataiel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is genius, extremely well put together, incredibly helpful, and simple but HIGHLY effective. Everything on here is useful, clearly visible, and easy to access and understand. This is exactly what I was looking for when I searched for color theory and I'm very impressed. Great job!
Azley Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant, thanks a lot!
I'll try this out with a new coloring - I'm always unsure how to pick good shade colors when I color something and end up stealing with the colorpick from other pics I like (=p) So I hope I'll soon be able to set matching colors on my own =)

deideiblueeyez Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"learned this in school" LOL you overestimate the American education system :meow:
janmil000 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the effort :)
generallaserfist Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very concise and informative. Knowledge of color theory can turn a mediocre picture into an amazing picture.
alzang676 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This seems useful. I don't color yet, but in another 10 years or so, i'll use this for reference.
henryruss Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student General Artist
"Discord" should be "discordant". But otherwise a great job! :D
JamesF63 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You did a real service sharing this. Thank you! And congrats on the DD!
Eri-tchi Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is crazily useful! Thanks a million!
philippeL Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing this :hug:
queso107 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
gorgeous tutorial! very helpful, and a great refresher!
Ebrech Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love it, thanks :)
Syntesys Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you, this is really helpful :)
TheHyperactiveSquirt Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful!!Thankyou soooo much!!
Crimsonberry Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Cool! Very informative!
lemon-ANi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
So helpful :heart:
HeartinaThePony Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is cute!
MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great and helpful! It's always nice to get a refresher on colour theory. c:
V2113 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
This is incredibly helpful! Thank you!
StardustMelodii Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!! x3
yeliriley Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, learned a long time ago but nice to "brush up" now and then. Thanks!
yeliriley Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Some good but slightly more in depth Wikipedia follow up:
Color [link]
Additive Color [link]
Subtractive Color [link]
RedVioletPanda Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Amazing work on this tutorial.
sunshine-kitten Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Very helpful ! :iconawplz: Thank you ~
m-a-c-h-o Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
thank you! Fantastic work.
ORANGEyYin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I'll try to use this next time I color anything
Nordana Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This will help a lot <3
Blakhat Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gonna refer to this in the near future.
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