I hope you have all had time to digest the basic color theory terms from last week. Let’s move on to intermediate color theory terms. Again, it will be quite useful for you to have a color wheel in your hands, but if you don’t have one, here are pictures of both sides.

Color Wheel Side One
Side 1

Color Wheel Side Two:
Side 2

Intermediate Terms:

Full Range – Colors from every range on the value scale.
Ex: Light, medium, and dark.

Achromatic – With out color. Black, white, and gray.
Ex: A black & white photo is achromatic.

Monochromatic – A color harmony that utilizes only one color.
Ex: a painting dome in all reds is monochromatic.

Tints – Adding white to a color.

Tones – Adding gray to a color.

Shades – Adding black to a color

Earth Tones – Colors which come from mineral sources.
Ex: Yellow Ocher is an earth tone.

Value Keys – Groups of value on a value (gray) scale.
Ex 1: To make a dark color look lighter in value, place it against an even darker background.
Ex 2: A light color against a dark background will appear larger.

High Key –The light end of the value scale.

Middle Key – The middle range of value scale.

Low Key – The dark range of the value scale.

High Contrast – Extreme light and dark colors.
Ex: Light creamy yellow and dark Iris purple is a high contrast color combination.

That is it for the intermediate color theory terms. Next week, we will be finishing up color theory terms. Remember, I promise they wont be too difficult to understand.

Hopefully Helpful,