Learn the Different Shades of Colors

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The world is filled with magnificent colors. Each color is brought to life by pigments and light. To appreciate it, you have to pay attention to them as they unfold in front of your eyes. People grow up learning about colors, but even if they do, there is still some confusion on some aspects such as shades. If you're not a painter or someone who works with colors, you probably don't have a clear idea as to what shades of colors are, or how they exist. It is important to know various color properties such as shades, so that you can properly identify the exact type of color you encounter.

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Importance of Color Shades

If you want to add more shadow and drama to any surface or object, you have to know everything about shades. The shade of any particular color pertains to the level of dark that a color could be. Shade of a color is the result of combining black and a hue. Shades of various colors are much richer and deeper. If you want a room to be cozier and more relaxing, you need to have shades of the hues that you like. This can be done to a bedroom of someone who needs to sleep more and has problems with insomnia. Shades of color absorb light, making the room seem smaller. It makes you feel like it's giving you a huge hug.

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Learning about the Different Shades of Colors

To start knowing about the different shades of colors, you have to prepare yourself to go back to the basics. Below are some of the tips you could consider to understand shades more:

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    Know the basic colors first
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    Color is an attribute of various things that come from the light that bounces off them. The light then creates a visual sensation, which depends on the wavelengths. You should get to know the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors first before knowing their shades. The primary colors are red, yellow, and blue. When you combine the primary colors, you get secondary colors, which are purple (blue + red), orange (yellow + red), and green (blue + yellow). A primary color and a secondary color result in a tertiary color. A dash usually separates the primary and secondary colors. Yellow-orange, red-purple or red-violet, red-orange, blue-purple or blue-violet, yellow-green, and blue-green.
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    Understand the various color attributes
    Next would be to understand the various attributes of colors. Hue is pure color within a given color space. Tint is the term used by painters who add white to a color, making the color lighter. Shade is a term used by painters who add black to a color, making the color darker. Tone is the result of mixing a pure color with grayscale or a neutral color (doesn't include white or black). Tone is usually softer than the original hue. Chroma is a color model's component. You can have a red-green chroma and a blue-yellow chroma. Grayscale is the term that refers to a series of colors that are neutral (from white to black or black to white). If you know the various color attributes, you won't mix up various ideas. Now that you know about shades and how they differ from other attributes, you are ready to go hands-on.
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    Try playing with coloring materials
    Get your coloring materials and practice mixing colors from primary to tertiary. You can use watercolors, poster colors, oil colors, and oil pastels to make any shade of color that you want.
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    Label the combination that you make
    Look at the shades of color that you make, and label them properly. This will familiarize you with the possible shades that can be produced.
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    Make flashcards out of the combinations you made
    You can also learn about shades by making flashcards out of them. You can ask someone to hold them up for you as you identify each.
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    Create your own shade masterpiece
    The ultimate product out of learning about shades is making your own project. You could try to paint a room from a shade of any color you want or make a painting out of the shades of colors that you already know.
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  • When using liquid colors, add black little by little so that you can get shades gradually and appreciate their diverse levels.
  • Apply the washing technique when using solid oil pastels. This allows you to blend in the black color smoothly into the original hue that you choose.

Questions and Answers

Why is knowing different shades of color important?

Knowing the difference in shades of color is important because of a lot of things of your regular life. It is important for daily things such as cooking, dressing, driving, eating etc. You need to be able to mix and match your dresses so that you don't go out there looking like a clown. For that to happen, you need to know one color from the other. You need to make out signs of different colours while driving. You will also need to figure out if the eatable is o.k. and fresh. These are only a few reasons why it is important to know different shades of color.

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