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Open the Door into the Science of Color Theory. Color theory is a vast and complicated sphere of knowledge.

Open the Door into the Science of Color Theory

It consists of different scientific elements, such as: optics, spectroscopy, human anatomy and physiology, psychology, art history and theory, philosophy, ethics, architecture theory, design and many other applied sciences. In this article we will show only the schemes of harmonic color combinations and the examples of their usage by a bunch of talented vector artists. How are Colors Created?

Let's first understand how the varieties of all colors are formed. All the colors can be received from the combination of primary colors, which are red, yellow and blue. In order to make secondary colors you should mix the primary ones. For creating tertiary colors you should mix the primary color with the neighboring secondary color. The method of making your own color palette with the help of Color Blending Methods is described in a wonderful tutorial How to Create a Wide Range of Custom Color Swatches in Illustrator.

Blending with Pantone or spot colors. Today I received an Illustrator related question from a reader that really stumped me.

Blending with Pantone or spot colors

I didn't have an answer straight away, so I had to try certain things out to be able to offer some help. Here is the thing: If you're using the blend tool to create a blend between 2 spot colors, it seems that Illustrator turns the values in between these colors into CMYK values. Are there ways to circumvent this? Is there a way so the blend consists of various hues of the Pantone colors, rather than CMYK values? I guess, if it's possible to change the blend into a simple gradient going from spot color 1 to spot color 2 it solves the issue in a simple way, but what if that isn't possible?

Create style effect on both ends Create a style effect on both ends of the blend, using 2 fills on top of each other via the Appearance palette. When I thought of this idea, I was thinking "Aha! And so I tried something elseā€¦ Create a Five-color Magazine Cover using a Spot Metallic. Printing & Prepress Basics. While art and design schools do an impressive job of teaching the importance of form, function, and how to use flashy Photoshop techniques, it's rare that designers have been taught the skills necessary to pass off their projects to printers so that they may not only successfully, but smoothly, produce a designed work.

Printing & Prepress Basics

In this article, I'll discuss the basics when it comes to translating your brilliant ideas (and surely hours of your precious time and energy) into successfully printed projects with a printer, making it easier to keep your deadlines and maintain a blissfully happy and healthy relationship with your vendor. Four-Color Process Printing While other printing processes like letterpress or screen printing are great options for producing your work, this article will discuss offset lithography printing specifically, which is the more standard means of producing most any printed work in mass quantities. Get the Mode Right Image Quality One of These Blacks is Not Like the Other Bleed.