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on: January 06, 2011, 10:55:46 PM
I've finally got it. On the color checker, anything to the left of the vertical YELLOW is what is refered to as darkening a color (using the next color down on the color wheel). Anything to the right of the YELLOW column is also darkening (since yellow is at the top of the color wheel). This so called "darkening" refers to tweaking a color using the next color UP towards yellow, or DOWN towards blue (violet being the "darkest).      But what REAL darkening (tonal value) refers to is the tonal scale (or the dulling down of it's chroma as a degree of shade). Using the opposite color for this.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2011, 10:58:58 PM by patindaytona »
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #1 on: January 07, 2011, 07:47:45 PM
that is correct, to darken a color and keep it's color intensity high (chroma) you go down. To shadow a color use complimentaries.

You will often find yourself in this situation when mixing with the Color Buster as the tone checker step tends to keep the chroma (color intensity) higher that the reference color - simply because you are mixing with two colors initially. Then in the final step, you often find that your mix looks very similar, but a touch too bright - that is when you add the opposite color to dull it down.


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