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Learning Color Theory Terms

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

This article is a beginner's guide to color theory terminology. Talking about color can be difficult to some, but there are only a few main terms that students must know when describing color. This will help anyone majoring or participating in an art related field.

Things You Will Need

5 minutes to learn, a computer, a color wheel.

Step 1

Main Terminology
Hue can be described as "the color" of color. It is the actual color, like orange or blue. This term is not often brought up, though the word "color" tends to be used in place of it. Value is the level of "light" or "dark" evident in a color. A dark color has a dark value. Saturation can be thought of as "intensity", which controls the vividness in a color. Pale colors are less saturated. It is important to remember that colors of low saturation are often light in value, and that is just how it is. Try not to get confused. Take my beige wall, which is a pale sandy yellowish-brown. These terms "pale" and "sandy" refer to saturation and value, while "yellowish-brow" refers to the actual hue. This example shows the way that people use technical terms all the time, even if they don't know it.
These terms, hue, value and saturation are important for students of design. Study them! Thanks for reading.

Tips & Warnings

Low saturation can be coupled with a low, or light value. Just remember that low saturation leads to grey.
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