Learning Activity – Color Theory

Question 1
Research and written assignment
  1. Having watched the video with Nigel French – describe, in your own words, what each of these colour systems means: RGB and CMYK.
  2. Make use of Kuler and develop four different colour schemes. You must hand in screen shots of your schemes as done with Kuler:
    1. Monochromatic
    2. Complementary
    3. Triadic
    4. Analogous

Part 1

RGB and CMYK – What is the difference?

RGB stands for red, green and blue, and is a color space we use when we are designing/using color for digital purpose. When we use RGB it is like painting on a black piece of paper – when mixing the colors, the colors turn brighter.


CMYK is basically the opposite of RGB and stands for cyan, magenta and yellow, with the K seemingly meaning “key” or black. These are the colors used in traditional printing. CMYK is like painting on a white piece of paper, and the colors go darker when mixed.


RGB color gamut is much wider than the CMYK gamut, and this is the reason why we must always convert our RGB work into CMYK when we prepare for print, as you will achieve much brighter and dense colors in RGB mode – which will have to be adjusted for.

2. Color schemes done with Kuler/Adobe Color:


Screenshot 2019-05-02 at 12.42.31


Screenshot 2019-05-02 at 12.22.23


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Screenshot 2019-05-02 at 12.33.17

Part 2:

Original photo:

A) Andy Warhool look:

B) Sepia look:

C) Split toning:

D) Freestyle:

Part 3: Practical Assignment – Design a book cover

I decided to go for Virginia Wolf – To The Lighthouse:




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