Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Never before have I been able to create a color wheel to the exact specificity.  Thank you CMYK.  The 12 step color wheel, when done mathematically only needed the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue.  Then you can average those numbers to get the secondary colors, green, orange, and violet.  Then once more if you average those averages you get the tertiary colors, yellow-green, red-orange, and blue-violet.  Amazing what balancing the percentages of inks can accomplish.  

As for the color harmonies, sure they are visually harmonious to most everyone.  But those harmonies just aren't as apparent to me as they are people without CBS(color blindness syndrome).  For instance complementary colors, meaning colors that are directly across from one another on the 12 step color wheel, don't seem equal in "contrast" or "vibration".  Out of them all blue, orange, is the most "apparent" in its difference.  While red and green seem extremely close ( again I am color blind).  The same theory applies for split complementary, double complementary, analogous,and triadic.  These harmonies are not actually harmonies they are perceived relations in color.  The thing is these relations can easily break down, from color blindness, to different lighting while viewing, monitor calibration, and even different types of ink.  The slightest variable change and the intended color expression is different.  It's all perceptual.

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