Elements of Design - Color
of all the elements of design, color is the most powerful. As humans, we attach many emotional connotations with color. Red means danger. Green means healthy. Think of a traffic light, for example, because color is so linked to emotion is the element that, more than any other, creates mood. Warm colors such as red and yellow and orange make us happy. Cold colors such as blue give off a more melancholic feeling, but warm and cool colors together on the warm color will project forward while the cool color receives creating a sense of depth. Complementary colors that is, those sitting opposite each other on the color wheel, such as red and green or orange and blue appear more vivid when placed next to each other, which draws attention to them. Color can also create visual or implied energy because of their different wavelengths. For example, a picture of a red leaf against a green background will appear mawr three dimensional because red has a longer wavelength than green. Bold, vivid col...
ors will live in an image making their subject stand out, or you can use softer pastel colors to create a more sensual mood. Color also creates context revealing the scene in the same terms that we perceive it, which makes it more true to life. Because color is such a powerful communicator, it can also be overwhelming, smothering the other elements of design. So if textural patterns say are key elements in your composition, consider converting the image to black and white because it will allow those elements to stand out more now because color is so expressive is a great element to experiment with as you'll see in the next lesson.