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Okay, I wish this could be a hundred pages longer. Color's such an intense and complex subject, there's so much that you can do with it...

Also I'm a little less than impressed with how the colors look when I switch to my other monitor after having drawn on the Cintiq. That always irks me, monitor differences :/

I didn't want to type it out because I think more about what I'm saying when I write it, and when I type I tend to ramble. Like now, I guess.

Anyway, if this helps even a couple of people, then it was worth the hours I spent on it. I'll be happy to answer any questions anyone has, to the best of my ability. If you want to tell me I'm wrong about something, OK, but make sure it's only a factual thing we're discussing. Color is completely up to each person, so let it be something factual if you'd like to debate something I've said.

Anyway... Yeah, thanks a ton to *YooMe for compiling all the images for me and making little buttons and the preloader and stuff. I don't know how to work Flash very well.

Also, if flash doesn't work for you, Eevee uploaded it in a simple format for me: [link]

And, here's the last page with sample palettes: [link]

I hope it's useful to you guys!

Edit: fixed a problem with the color wheel


Edit again: I understand, RBY is a bit outdated. Perhaps in another iteration I can include RBG and CYM, though it doesn't matter as long as you understand how they relate to each other, really.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-11-05
How I See Color - A Tutorial by =purplekecleon has spent the past few days flooding my inbox with DD suggestions from so many deviants that I figured I should feature it before they start a revolt against me! ;P It's a highly informative and thought provoking Flash presentation on color theory. This Daily Deviation was suggested by *ZulayaWolf, ~HarajukuLoversMusic, *chu00master, ~sketchLark, =Bhansith, =MzzAzn, *alicexz, `PearlEden, =Kikariz, ~dumcuibap, ~shadowsblood360, *NMNA...

(...And a few others to whom I am sorry that your names were accidentally and irretrievably deleted because my brain sucks.)

( Featured by FantasyStock )
Izolna Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
Very helpful Thankies by Brigitte-Fredensborg  
angenuity Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Thank you for all the explanations and examples, especially on how lighting effects color! I was having trouble with shading and now I know what to do!
FlickeringFairy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this so damn much ahhhhhhhhhhhh
I never knew how much I didn't know! Thank you so so so so much!!   Hug :happybounce: 
senrisei Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  New member
Interesting concepts that I kinda knew but have never properly implemented.
I never blend my colours, just isn't my style or anything I can do too consistently but it certainly brings up some useful information that I can use within my discreetly coloured artworks.
A good kickstarter for my lacking creative side.
o-Bela-o Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! Thank you (:
creamyluke Featured By Owner Edited Feb 22, 2015
What program do you use to draw?
scheemy Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
this is the best tutorial of color I have seen on deviantart.
MetallicHell Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Amazing tutorial it´s going to help people to understand colors better in any field that thery´re working at (traditional, digital,etc..... xD) and for me too, I´m starting to make digital art and color theory for me always has been to difficult... soooo thanks for this !!! ^^ 
racheru-tan Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
bmilacic Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional Artist
aaand page saved!
LightWorldMidna Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! This tutorial was recommended to me, and there were so many things in here that I either didn't consider or just didn't know. It's been a big help, and I'll get to practising right away!
silverfan118 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
This tutorial is really helpful, i'm really starting to understand how colors work now, by mixing them, looking at warm and cool colors and keeping within the cool/warm side of the color pallette, i'm really starting to understand how they blend in with one another.

I felt that my colouring skills lacked and they looked flat and boring, i'll start experimenting right now while looking at some pictures to help. Thank you so much, this tutorial was a great help! :happybounce:
Stealalive Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is an amazing tutorial. I am literally color retarded. I can do line work all day, and I know what looks good color wise, but I really need more color theory in my life. Thanks a bunch!
LycheeLycheee Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorials, really help my coloring techniques, experiments is the best advice i got in this tuts, I just wanna ask, I'm not sure? was the color wheel colors is in the right order?
Kamihanaki Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful, thank you for posting this! I've been having trouble with trying to get colors to look good on a large scale. The pikachu sequence was so, so good.
TifaxLockhart Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for your awesome tutorial :heart:
Fireflower112 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
I've been teaching myself how to do all this, and I've been using the same levels of saturation between the foreground and the background as well as shading things the absolute opposite way they should be shaded. Thank you SO much for helping me fix this!!!
CryDead Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist
so useful thanks!
Poki-art Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love you. xD thanks so much!!
Project-Rym Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Entertaining and Educational...I am at a loss of your glory. -bows down- I shall call you master, and all the lands and vassals I own are under you. 
HaloPrime Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing guide! The stuff about the value is really helpful! Also, the shadow being darkest where it starts confused me at first, but it makes sense looking at the guide. Thanks!!
RachBurns Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this, it'll be so very helpful to play with sometime (open this and play in my program, I mean). :hug:
9king Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
whew! a long read, but worth it.
vastarantakettu Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So good! Helped me heaps! Thank you!
KasaiDragon Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful and in depth! Thank you!
CommanderHomo Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love this a lot !
I'd love to have time to carefully read
and memorize ~ <333
katelorr Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
TamberMana man this helped me a bunch, its full of very good tips! thought you might like it :3
TamberMana Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I remember this ;o;
Yeah this thing is really cool :3
katelorr Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah omg i found it again and i was like hey hey hey inspiration
TamberMana Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
inspiration's good uwu
katelorr Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sakura-iro Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THE most useful color tutorial I have ever seen!!! :iconkiddnyaplz:
Sketchanda Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
how to make cwappy drawings look better by using shading :dummy:
theprojecthp Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's colour but great tutorial
TalentlessKitty Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist
there is American English and BritishEnglish. The American kind has most words simplefied, for example you write "color" in AE and "colour" in BE
Icefang908 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is so helpful! Thank you so so much for taking the time to make this! <3
ArtemisDragonrider Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Someone on tumblr recommended your coloring tutorial, and I'm so glad they did!!  This covered a lot of interesting color theory that I've never really explored that much before.  I've been experimenting with a lot of your suggestions, and it's definitely made me think about color in a whole new light! (haha see what i did there)  Anyway, thank you so much!! <3
NoveltyCrazies Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Artist
this is sooooooo helpful <:3  I learned more about color here than in my actual color theory class.
u14amoritz Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
This helped me so much! Thank you!
Daretodream12890 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist
omg this is probably one of the most helpfl things I've ever seen hhh thank you
Bergholtz Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
It is a really nice tutorial but it is simply not true that shadows are always cooler than the surrounding area.  I would recomend Gurneys book Color and Light for a more nuanced take on things.
Fenori Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student
Seriously love this tutorial :D Been referring to it for a while now~ Im a bit confused about something though -- if red is on the warmest side of the scale, then how come it's used as a shade for yellow? Since shades are generally cooler I've been wondering about this XD
Lostsabbath Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh god, you just fixed my biggest problem on drawing with four lines & two picture
A-Blue-Bubble Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
i have never found a colour tutorial as helpful as this anywhere ever, i could hug you right now, thank you for sharing your knowledge with the world, i appreciate it a lot
arnjeca Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is great; thank you for sharing this complication! The color theory is sound and examples helpful, but it's really difficult to read the handwritten text--took me twice as long to read and it was very hard on the eyes. This would be a much more valuable resource if it were displayed in organized text instead.
Congrats on the Daily Deviation!
MysteriMaan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
gasp  all these things that i didn't know.
Dynamocha Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student General Artist
I really love this tutorial! :D It deserved the DD!
Kindlign Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist
This was SUPER helpful and interesting :D Thank you very much!
ichigoberrychan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you this is really helpful!! :love:
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