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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 )
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serafina-rose Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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KWOTESCRIPTURES Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Thank you I will implement this.
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Cool
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured here
Consider giving the article a :+fav:
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bubbIies Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing tutorial (or whatever you want to call it :B)
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GabrielaBorta Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! This is really helpfull :)
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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
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HCShannon Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think all artists should know this!
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Sweartoad Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this! I needed to be refreshed :D
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kassieisabap Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
this is really cool...
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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!
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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 =)

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deideiblueeyez Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"learned this in school" LOL you overestimate the American education system :meow:
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janmil000 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the effort :)
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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.
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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.
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henryruss Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student General Artist
"Discord" should be "discordant". But otherwise a great job! :D
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JamesF63 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You did a real service sharing this. Thank you! And congrats on the DD!
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Eri-tchi Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is crazily useful! Thanks a million!
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philippeL Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing this :hug:
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queso107 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
gorgeous tutorial! very helpful, and a great refresher!
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Ebrech Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love it, thanks :)
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Syntesys Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you, this is really helpful :)
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TheHyperactiveSquirt Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful!!Thankyou soooo much!!
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Crimsonberry Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Cool! Very informative!
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lemon-ANi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
So helpful :heart:
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HeartinaThePony Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is cute!
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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:
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V2113 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
This is incredibly helpful! Thank you!
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Buni-chi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!! x3
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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!
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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]
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RedVioletPanda Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Amazing work on this tutorial.
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sunshine-kitten Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Very helpful ! :iconawplz: Thank you ~
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m-a-c-h-o Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
thank you! Fantastic work.
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ORANGEyYin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I'll try to use this next time I color anything
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Nordana Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This will help a lot <3
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Blakhat Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gonna refer to this in the near future.
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Bleach4evs Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Very helpful for people who have a hard time with aesthetics, like me xD
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ATeenageWitchling Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
I'm terrible with colors...this is really helpful!
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GalaxyGoddess Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg, gimmeh. this is so awesome!
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Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
very handy refresher
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PepperJDarcy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
heck this is amazingly HELPFUL!! :heart: thank you for that!!
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dragonsong17 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this! This was very helpful!
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silvermoon442 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very helpful. I've been having trouble with coloring ^^;
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Sevslover6195 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! You have officially saved this amateur colourists behind!
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quadren4 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, what a great tutorial. EXTREMELY professional, and doesn't include any original characters explaining the tutorial or making jokes; Just the way I like it :D !
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i-am-tsukiko Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I had to make all these colors with only red blue and yellow paint in class :"D
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Poison-Stripes Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice.
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deadrabbit13 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful little refresher for me!
Totally deserves the DD, I'm sure this will help a lot of people!
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