It’s @lanny.markasky of Memento Publishing, and today’s post is on thinking about the primaries to help your color mixing. I find this to be extremely valuable, so I’ll be doing a little series of posts going over it. It doesn’t matter whether or not your mixing all your colors from the primary 3 colors, but understanding this concept will help you understand how to mix any color, choose the right palette of colors, and troubleshoot color mixing problems your having.
We’ve talked about the primary colors when we went over the color wheel, red, yellow, and blue. They’re the three colors that can’t be mixed, and at least in theory, can be mixed together to make any other color.
Swipe to image 2. The first important point to make, is that by mixing all three primary colors, they neutralize each other, and you get black/gray. If you need to mix a color that is more neutral (less saturated), you can make sure the mixture has some combination of all three primaries. On the other hand, if your trying to make a saturated color, you want to make sure there’s no more than 2 primaries being mixed together.
Let’s look at a few examples.
Swipe to image 3. To neutralize a blue, we can add red and yellow. If we keep adding red and yellow we will eventually hit gray. The same applies when take red and add blue and yellow. The same also applies when we take yellow and add red and blue.
So what if we want saturated colors?
Swipe to image 4. The first option is to use red yellow and blue strait out of the tube.
Swipe to image 5. The second option is to mix only two primary colors. If we take red, we can add blue to push it to purple red, then to purple, then to then to blue purple, then to blue. Since there’s no yellow, instead of losing saturation, the hue just changes color and keeps its saturation.
If we take red, and instead of adding blue we add yellow, the red would be pushed towards orange red, then to orange, then to yellow orange, then to yellow. Again keeping saturation all the way across.
The same thing happens when we add blue to red, when we take blue and add either yellow or red, or if we take yellow and add either red or blue.
To be continued next week!