Color Theory: Mixing Paint Colors : Color Theory: What Are Neutrals?

Color Theory: Mixing Paint Colors : Color Theory: What Are Neutrals?


OK, when you talk about color you can’t forget
the neutrals. That is, you know, there are times when you need grays, there are times
when you need colors that just aren’t colors, and obviously, as soon as you say gray you
think, black and white make gray. And indeed here is a classic value scale. There’s black
paint at the bottom, white paint at the top, and these I try to get sort of even increments
of grays between light and dark. The average value scale is generally like between nine
and twelve steps. It’s sort of like a scale. So, this is a scale of black to white. Now,
in color, you know, the gray is obviously, doesn’t seem to have any color, and neutral
really does mean when you can’t really make up your mind what the color is. And we played
with that a little bit in saturation, and we’re going to play with it just a little
bit more and do some adjusting. So, I’m going to go back here in my yellow and violet range
and see if I can get something that is, you know, how gray, you know, how close to a a
gray can I get with out really, with out using black and white. And the answer to that is
actually to try to use all the colors, in a way, with out getting too mushed up. So
I’ve got my purple, or violet, and I’m going to, I know that has red and blue in it. So,
I’ve got my yellow and I’m going to add some yellow to it, and I’m going to to stick with
the darker yellow for now so that I don’t get too messed up here. And we still have
a, a dull purple. You know, this is really, this qualifies as the dull purple.

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