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Nate Hurwitz
Looking to dive deeper into Color Harmony
on Dec 28, 2009 at 3:54:10 am

Hi All,

I am a student looking to dive deeper into color theory. Specifically color harmony (how a specific combination of colors work together to create one of the crucial components that a design depends on).

I have worked on some complex projects in the past where I believe my choice of colors turned out very well, but I still feel it's tough to make decisions and it's the biggest subject I argue with myself about(it's like multiple personality disorder kicking in!).

Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks in advance!


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Mike Gondek
Re: Looking to dive deeper into Color Harmony
on Dec 28, 2009 at 4:41:28 pm

There are many different strategies for choosing colors that work well with each other. The Adobe Illustrator color guide palette actually uses many of the methods I used prior to the palette, and can actually take you into some never untravelled territory, so I suggest you investigate the Color Guide.


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Nate Hurwitz
Re: Looking to dive deeper into Color Harmony
on Dec 28, 2009 at 5:08:11 pm

Thanks for the useful info, it's people like you who make this site worth revisiting for it's helpful community!

It's funny you mentioned that because I just saw some written information about that right after writing this post. I will look deeper into this for sure. By color guide, do you mean a written guide that comes with illustrator or is this accessed through illustrator itself? Let me know, I am very interested, thanks!


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Mike Gondek
Re: Looking to dive deeper into Color Harmony
on Dec 28, 2009 at 5:36:31 pm

Actually the color guide is a a palette accessible in illustrator using window >> color guide. The interface takes some getting used to, but you can get some great results for choosing colors.


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Art Doerge
Re: Looking to dive deeper into Color Harmony
on Dec 28, 2009 at 5:00:47 pm

Hi Nate,

Check out Adobe's "Kuler" at:

http://kuler.adobe.com/#themes/rating?time=30

Be sure to click on the "Create" button on the left side.

Art


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Nate Hurwitz
Re: Looking to dive deeper into Color Harmony
on Dec 28, 2009 at 10:41:42 pm

Thanks Art and Mike for the suggestions,

The color guide is very interesting. I was able to do some cool stuff with it so far. Very helpful, especially helps make life a bit easier when determining the color of text (in combination with other elements).

Kuler is pretty sweet and I will have to hop over to play with it some more!

Thanks a ton so far guys!


-Nate


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John Daro
Re: Looking to dive deeper into Color Harmony
on Dec 29, 2009 at 5:11:03 pm

Not being a designer I use this book a lot;

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Complete-Color-Index/Jim-Krause/e/97816006...

the older one is great is great too.

John Daro
Editor/ SFX consultant


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Nate Hurwitz
Re: Looking to dive deeper into Color Harmony
on Jan 7, 2010 at 12:35:40 am

Hi,

Just wanted to thank everyone for their comments!

I just bought an interesting book http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1585422193/ that looks like it dives into color harmony (pretty strongly from an illustrators viewpoint). Seemed worth it! I am looking into the complete color index as well, thanks John!


-Nate

Nate Hurwitz
Digital Media Arts/Music Major
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