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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Edit again: I understand, RBY is a bit outdated.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.)

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SummersWorld Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Student General Artist
The shadow section is a bit incorrect, but a good starting point for people.
KoriArredondo Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Student General Artist
is harmony and discord another way to say unity and variety? 
HonoluluJoe Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2017   Digital Artist
holy crap. The breakdown on shadow being darkest where it starts really blew my mind. I'm literally afraid to look at anything I've ever painted before this now...
Thelightsmen Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
G R E E N  I S  N O T  A  C R E A T I V E  C O L O U R

Favorited and downloaded, this is pretty helpful!
zdaybreak Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2017
Your handwriting is hard to read at times, but you broke everything down nice and neatly. Thanks!
ink110 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This was the best color tutorial I have seen. You told us WHAT we need to learn and briefly how to do it. 
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
This is beautiful.
kitxunei Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017
Thanks, this was a great tutorial. I followed along and experimented in PS while reading. Color has always been a challenge for me, and it's something that graphic designers put a lot of emphasis on, yet illustrators seem to overlook (at least in my school/groups).
NagaPls Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
evil0verlady Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! You've covered a lot!:wow:

Thanks for the link to the image file. Flash has been hit or miss with my computer.:(
InYuJi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Professional General Artist
this is a massive tutorial dump, yet I love it. Color has always been a challenge for me.
Cassie-Draws Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this! This is super helpful. :3
turismeopcio Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016
This is really good work..The tutorial was made with perfect details.. :)
McPiranha Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2016  Student General Artist
This was amazing, I always thought colour theory was kinda boring, but it's actually super interesting :D what surprised me the most was how lighting and time of day can have an effect on how the grass looks :D THANK YOU!
MarzKartoons Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This was so helpful omg ;-; I thought I knew colors, but you brought up so many new topics I can't wait to explore! I actually didn't make it all the way through before I started itching to work on an unfinished painting to try out some of these techniques, particularly the color harmony. XD 

This is definitely the most informative tutorial on color theory I've ever found, thanks so much! La la la la 
TheCrystalEevee Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was curious to know what brushes you used to get the texture that most of your pictures have
Sushirolled Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap, the unified palette solution saved my life
thank you sooooOOO much for this oMG
KO-MARii Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I love this tutorial. Is easy <3
Geekygirl518 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yaas finally kecleons are appreciated!!
ink110 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Best color tutorial I've seen so far!
Iciscle Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist
hey it's 4:27 PM :^D
NagaPls Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Years later I still look to this and wish to master what you know
Kayase Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh that's a funny!
 Thank you very much for this *-*
nimoyd Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is SO incredibly helpful to me, thank you SO SO much for this!! i always struggle to find the right colors to go together and this really inspires me to do better and experiment *_* 
Naughty-Savage Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God, this is extremely helpful. It's sad my teacher never explained it this well in my color theory class.
Raul-Ranma Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Everytime I come back to this I learn something new
It's amazing
Gracko15 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I was reading this precisely at 4 pm and I looked at my arm and the light shining at it from the window when you said to look at somthing in our room to prove your light source theory. It did look like #2 sometimes and other like #4. Also my walls are white. It's as if you read my mind.
sweetangel0467 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I always found it hard to express the color temperature to a person with little background into color theory.. now I can just link this to them :heart:
leontakase Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
This tutorial was beautiful and it was just what I needed. Thank you!
z-z-RazorWire-z-z Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The page with the sample palettes says my IP is permanently banned???
Aniamniam Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it happened to me tooBig Fool Emoji-07 (Cry) [V2] 
z-z-RazorWire-z-z Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish we knew why 
Froot36jooce Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Student General Artist
Same here
Tatsuo1 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! Thank you very much.
BriMerry Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Seriously! Good work. Just Great !
arizonasorksx Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
wow I just know this is gonna be super helpful to me in the future, thank you so much for putting so much work into this tut - you really did a great job making all the concepts easy to understand and I love your little examples :D
And keep up the great work with your awesome art ^o^
SparklyBeks Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
Got my homework!!
Sandra-Danborg Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The thing about colour relativity, and mentioning character sheets with set colour palettes, really spoke to me. I used to have those set character palettes, and it made the first 12 pages of my comic look like absolute garbage.
Now I just think about how dark or light their skin is, not necessarily what the colour is. 

Thank you for this tutorial, it has made me understand a lot more! Hug 
spiritwolf02 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing and SUPER helpful!! tysm!!!
MrBda241 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Someone on the Best of Tumblr facebook recommended me this and I sure do know why, this made me realize I still have a lot to learn.
Thanks for making this, it's' going to help me out
tangletailpro Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question, how do you mix colors to fix a colored lighting, or mood?

For traditional medium, I grew accustomed to using a pottery glaze, or pastel's mixing properties.

For digital... I'm struggling.
fakelovegirl Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
OMG.. i LOVE you.. thanks for sharing what you know <3
Killerkirb Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015
I've returned to this tutorial a few times. I really need to start practicing this more and more. I keep making the same mistakes with my coloring and making it so dull.
Kronosx2008 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
spansih please
Crystal-Gemsonas Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
This is so fab.
Shio-bookmark Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
How is this NOT already in my favourites?
Leenieh Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Student General Artist
amazing tutorial! so helpful:) Thank you for making! 
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