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2020-09-27 22:51:26

    HUGE eyestrain warning!

    Quick rundown on digital color theory cause this should be accessible common knowledge and stuff paying for art school SHOULD teach you but apparently does not:

    In the physical world, traditional paint color works like:

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    This phenomenon has a name, btw, its subtractive color mixing but keep watching:

    When we try to do* this with those same primaries in the digital world this happens:

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    *Barring all layer modes- Im strictly talking normal layer mode with a brush that has pressure sensitivity for its flow. Example:

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    Anyways, the point is you can get SOME color integrity similar to the paint pigments in the real world but only some and at questionable values. (Red and Yellow are pretty close in brightness and therefore create a satisfying orange where as blue is inherently “darker” than red therefore our “purple” comes out kinda meh)

    In the digital realm, you cannot mix colors the same way as on paper because the physics and math involved say so. Digital/Light based color changes the rules on us like so:

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    ^Note that the shades that came out of this are not at full brightness… these are because of half values happening in the manual mixing process but they still belong to CMY colors… see below for details why!!!

    This is additive color mixing. You add that Red, Green, and Blue together and you get White. You add none of them together and you get Black… but like black as in the absence of light. Technically, that White isn’t even really a COLOR either its just the full presence of light. Think about all digital color values like a light-switch:

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    Theres some other really cool stuff that happens because of this concept, when you throw in the concept of a dimmer:

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    So here’s every possible combination of FULL ON + FULL ON or HALF On + FULL ON:

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    So what was happening above when I tried to manually mix my red green and blue together is that my colors were basically HALF + HALF instead of a HALF + FULL:

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    There’s STILL more cool things though about this process!! When you want to mute your colors into neutrals you mix your new complimentary values, aka, the color directly across from the wheel:

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    So before you take your saturation slider or go straight down in that big gradient block of color in your hue cube, consider that these colors will have huge impact with one another, no layer modes attached:

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    There’s tons more information regarding layer modes, numbers, values, etc, but I just wanted to talk about the basic foundational color mixing things first. Start here, hand mix your neutrals, navigate the digital wheel. Understand what happens when you add this and add that.. because then you can make the most out of your Overlay, Multiply, and Linear layers etc.