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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Edit again: I understand, RBY is a bit outdated.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 )
Stealalive Featured By Owner 1 day ago  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 3 days ago  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  New member Hobbyist
so useful thanks!
Poki-grzyb Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love you. xD thanks so much!!
Project-Rym Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  New member 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:
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