Learning Activity – Colour

Learning Activities

Research and written assignment.

1 – Having Watched the video with Nigel French (www.Lynda.com) – describe , in your own words, what each of these colour systems means: RGB and CMYK.

The main differences between RGB and CMYK is this in a nutshell:
RGB: good for monitors and screens and displays. web design etc.
CMYK: this is best used for books and print jobs etc, anything printed on paper should use this spectrum of colours.

Printing with ink means we are limited to the colours a printer can produce, meaning the light etc you see in images on screen seems flat on paper.  this is why we use CMYK for imagery we are intending to print as this catches the colours best on paper and relates directly to the way a printer uses ink.

RGB has three channels: Red, Green and Blue.
CMYK has four channels: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black.

RGB is an additive colour system, the more colour is added, the brighter the image, going from black to white.

CMYK is a subtractive colour system, meaning it goes from white to black when adding colour.

2 – Make use of Kuler (https://color.adobe.com/) and develop four different colour schemes. You must hand in screen shots of your schemes as done with kuler.





Analogous Triadic ComplementaryMonochromatic

Practical assignment – 1.

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:

a. Create an “Andy Warhol” look
b. Apply a sepia look
c. Split toning of the image
d. Freestyle: a colour effect of your choice

Model name/links :
Name:: Jaime Boettger
AKA:: Luna Le Fey
Age:: 25

This is the original image i decided to use in this assignment.

-Tumblr: http://www.tentacles-and-stardust.tumblr.com
– Instagram: Tentaclesandstardust
– Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lunalefeymodel
– Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/lunalefey

Warhol Sepia split tone freestyle

Practical Assignment – 2.

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.


I decided to do some painting in photoshop for this one using a set of complementary colours i made in Adobe Kuler. I  restricted myself to the five colours throughout the whole process and this is the result. Below i have added the color swatch i based the illustration on.

lighthouse Complementary
Thank you for reading.

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