We are leaving the field of pure, unmixed process colors.
Even if the process colors have been unmixed, we have learned that colors are always mixed in a certain way, depending which color model you are using.
We are leaving the field of being able name the color in a specific way.
Mixed colors are named in a very subjective way. Read the rest of this entry
The color of the bride.
Pure light and nothing else.
How to print it? Read the rest of this entry
Some might even ask, if black is a real color.
When I was in school, my art teacher used to say, that black is defined via white and vice versus.
I think we can only understand the magic of light, which is white through the magic of darkness, the magic of the absence of light. And this is black. Read the rest of this entry
Somehow we don’t have to talk about yellow.
Everybody knows the color of the sunshine.
And most people are attracted by it somehow.
Yellow, the third process color of the printing inks, is a very warm, a very intensive color. Read the rest of this entry
You have seen this color often before.
In Germany it is the leading color of the telecommunication company with the pink T.
2nd color of our process colors we use for printing.
Often referred to as pink or fuchsia or red-purple. Read the rest of this entry
Oh yes, even if it sounds so technical, all the stuff with printing colors …
Being a graphic designer in the field of pre-press I stick to the printing colors.
Just remember the 5 models.
Pick the color with the color picker, but make sure that you have chosen RGB-mode for web or CMYK-mode for printing. Read the rest of this entry
I am going to show you with the help of the color picker of Adobe Photoshop.
Any graphic program has a similar picker; even text processing programs have a kind of color picker these days.
So don’t worry that you might not be able to understand. It is easy.
And you don’t even have to understand all the color models we talked about the other day.
Usually you don’t even have to make up your mind which model you prefer. Read the rest of this entry
Remember this wheel, this circle?
I bet from school.
I had to paint one as well.
I have learned about complementary colors.
As you see at the circle red is the complementary color of green, blue the one of orange and yellow the one of purple or violet. Read the rest of this entry
A life without colors ? Impossible for me.
Doing my job without colors? Also impossible for me.
Yes, colors represent a certain frequency of reflecting light.
Colors represent a certain temperature … like cold colors or warm colors, but hey they are so much more, never forget the psychological aspect of colors.
We will get back to that in another blog post.
What I have learned so far is, that we will never be able to display all colors nature shows us with our computers.
So we need color models.
Each model has its own purpose, meets different needs.
Don’t get confused, usually your image-processing program will help you with the color model. They even offer you different models at the same time.
So enjoy the rough overview on the 5 most popular models.
Just keep in mind, we are talking models, they are only used to display reality. Read the rest of this entry
Yesterday i was exploring Berlin with a good friend.
It was a wonderful sunny day. One of the finest days of this summer despite the weather of the last couple of weeks.
Going back home i took the bus from main station to my little suburb.
This route shows a really nice part of Berlin.
You pass some of the administration buildings. Like the former east meets the former west.
The bus serves the middle class of Frohnau as well, as the blue-collar neighborhood of Wedding.
Close to the Ministry of Traffic i was smitten.
On the right the ministry building, granite slabs on the stairs, posh entrance made of glass. Very high classed.
Left side of the street, close to an apartment building. You could see the meadow from the ministry, and there it was: laundry on a clothes line: White bed sheets streaming.
This could only happen in the middle of Berlin.
These complements make life so exciting. It really spices living up.
And I have found the subject of the day
East – West
Old – Young
Warm – Cold
White Collar – Blue Collar
Keeping this in mind, people would talk about contrasts.
Contrast is a word of Latin origin. It includes the words contra = contrary to; against and stare = to stand – so contrast is a “standing against” – roughly translated. I just had to realize that English is sometimes not very far away from Latin. Contra and contrary are so much alike.
Anyway contrast leads again to our contrastive pairs.
Contrast is very important in photography, you want your pictures looking brilliant.
And to be brilliant they need the right amount of contrast, which is the difference between the lightest dot of a photo (usually white) and the darkest dot (usually black).
If the difference is not big enough pictures tend to look a bit dull, not really blurred, but flat and low or poor in contrast.
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Heute war ich mit einer lieben Freundin in Berlin unterwegs.
Es war ein schöner sonniger Tag. Einer der schönsten Tage dieses Sommers. Was für ein Gegensatz zu dem Wetter der letzten Wochen.
Auf dem Rückweg nach Hause benutzte ich den Bus ab Hauptbahnhof.
Er zeigt ein schönes Stück Berlins, vorbei an einigen Ministerien.
Ehemaliger Osten trifft ehemaligen Westen.
Die Bürgerlichkeit Frohnaus wird von dieser Buslinie ebenso gestreift, wie das Arbeiterviertel Weddings.
Nahe des Verkehrsministeriums traf es mich mit voller Härte.
Rechts das Ministerium, Granitplatten auf den Treppenstufen, schicker Glaseingang. Sehr staatstragend!
Auf der linken Straßenseite, nahe eines Mehrfamilienhauses, in Sichtweite des Ministeriums hing Wäsche auf der Leine. Weiße Betttücher flatterten im Wind.
Das passiert auch nur Mitten in Berlin.
Diese Gegensätze machen es doch so spannend! Bringen Würze in unser Leben.
Und ich hatte mein Thema des Tages.
Was ist das alles, diese Gegensatzpaare:
Ost – West
Alt – Jung
Warm – Kalt
Politik – Bürger
Das ist doch das, was wir mit Kontrast bezeichnen würden.
Kontrast ist ein Wort aus dem Lateinischen. Wir finden darin die Worte contra = gegen und stare = stehen.
Also ist ein Kontrast im Prinzip ein Gegen-Stehen – da haben wir wieder unsere Gegensätze.
Bei Fotografien ist der Kontrast wichtig, damit Bilder so richtig schön brillant wirken.
Ist der Unterschied zwischen dem hellsten Punkt und dem dunkelsten Punkt nicht groß genug, dann wirken die Bilder seltsam flau.
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