Color Theory: Mixing Paint Colors : Color Theory: Tints & Tones

Color Theory: Mixing Paint Colors : Color Theory: Tints & Tones


Tints and tones are another word for making
a color lighter by adding white or making a color darker, the tone, by adding black.
We’re going to see how evenly we can try to get the progression. It’s going to be different
form color to color. Again, yellow is very, yellow and orange are very light and they’re
very hard to get really dark. You’re never going to get an orange as dark as you’re going
to get a violet. That’s just how it is. We’re going to try, today, working with red. The
first thing you want to do is putting your red where you think it belongs in terms of
a value. A red is not as light as a yellow, let’s face it. I’m going to put it down here
and see if I like it. Put some there. That looks, when I look across there that looks
like it might be the same kind of value, so I’m going to leave it there. Now, I’m going
to work with getting it lighter. This is when you find out this is why I’ve got these separated,
so that I can make my white dirty and it doesn’t matter. I’m not going to use my white for
something else. We’re going to move upwards on the scale. Pink is essentially red with
white in it, that’s what pink is. Obviously, you keep on mixing and you want to see, you
can mix infinite gradations of value. You can do this forever and keep adding just a
little snippet every once in a while. I just want to add enough so that we’re moving perceptively
up the value scale. So we’re moving perceptively from dark to light.

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