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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Edit again: I understand, RBY is a bit outdated.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.)

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Wyervan Featured By Owner 2 hours ago
Such a cool tutorial! I've never seen a color guide so useful to me.
Suteki-Yuki Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!!! Thank you so much!!
RazorCheeks Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this tutorial! it was really useful :D
I gave it a try and this is what I made:…
RedlyAwesome Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For the link to the pallettes and lines for the last page, it's saying "Your IP has been permanently banned from accessing this directory" ??? I've never seen that site before
AzureNyx Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
great tutorial! I will likely reference this guide a lot in the future! :)
Ujalasocks2001 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU! I'm really looking forward to trying this stuff out!~ 8D
fallengone Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
kecleon kecleon kecleon <3
xNeonMelodyx Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You have no clue how helpful this was with me. I always thought my pictures were missing somthing and now I know. Thank you for this!
XxVallixX Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You are amazing. That's all I have to say and I could type out an entire paragraph but it would still mean those three words. Seriously wow, I didn't know I needed this a LOT
Pixeltender Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i struggle with color. i'm trying to learn by experimentation but just the few minutes i've spent skimming this has helped me make some connections! it's been surprisingly difficult to find color theory advice that makes sense to me. anyway thanks!
cageystalk Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  New Deviant
Thats incredible...
trixi123100 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you for the tutorial it's great :D (Big Grin) 
JoyfulAnnie1997 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This tutorial is AWESOMEEEE
NervousWreck96 Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
Colors are fickle things, aren't they?
Aerite Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this tutorial.
AzurOdyssey Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that was such a great tutorial :x Very complete and interesting :) Thanks a lot
zeromythos5 Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i dont under stand a single thing
Jesterkali Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student General Artist
Absolutely amazing tutorial. Just from reading it I feel smarter when it comes to color! I can't wait to experiment :)
serinablackcat98 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The way you see colour is spectacular and VERY helpful! Thanks a lot! :D
gomagoti Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
this all makes so much sense.Thank you thank you thank you.
Ouremji Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It has....

Over half a million views O.O
SkyIight Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its kinda hard to grasp, but its still super amazing!
Ouremji Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Keep going. Art does take a long time to master, but you can do it! keep using colours to the fullest extent you can.
GlaringFeline Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is amazing! I just read through all of it and now I know my color usage is terribad! Now I wanna start experimenting with different colors for shading.
Haroku-Beast Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful! Thank you so much! This really is amazing Heart 
tunasaysrawr Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this was super helpful! thank you!!
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  Hobbyist General Artist
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
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
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.
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