Colour Theory

Question 1
Research and written lesson task 

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

RGB colour system

RGB color configuration in terms of RGB. The selection of colors can be chosen from 2 colors – 16 million colors. There are 3 color combinations, Red Green and Blue (RGB) which works well with the color mode. RGB is an event that uses light on a screen such as an online advertising website or email marketing.

CMYK colour system

It is the color used for CMYK printers. Stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key (Black). CMYK is a printing by bringing all 4 colors together and beyond the original image that we need. 4-color printing system is a very popular system that is commonly used in projectors, brochures and sometimes book works. Setting the color in jobs to be sent to the printer, we only deal with the CMYK color value because if we choose the RGB, the output color will be different from the screen we see. We have to define a CMYK

  • Make use of Adobe Colour and develop four different colour schemes. Please hand in screenshots of your schemes:
    • Monochromatic
    • Complementary
    • Triadic
    • Analogous





Question 2
Practical lesson task  

Use a colour photo of your choice and create the following colour effects . You should hand in four separate works of the same photo with the following effects:

  • Create a fluorescent duotone using a Gradient Map Adjustment layer.
  • Apply a monochrome look (this is not greyscale, choose a different colour than black).
  • Split toning of the image (note that the tool in Photoshop for ‘Split Toning’ was changed to ‘Color Gradient’).
  • Freestyle: Create a colour effect of your choice.

fluorescent duotone


Split toning

colour effect of my choice

Question 3
Practical lesson task  

  • Design a book cover for one of the following:
    a.) “Rosemary’s Baby” by Ira Levin: use complementary colours to express anguish and uncertainty.
    b.) “Animal Farm” by George Orwell: use analogous colours with a contrasting accent to express disagreement and discontent.
    c.) “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett: 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.

I chose “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett