Warm and cool colors, tints, shades and tones

Warm and Cool Colors

Warm and cool colors play a part in color theory when deciding which type of reaction you wish to evoke. Warm colors evoke energy and can advance forth in an image whereas cool colors recede in an image and can evoke a calm and soothing reaction. The image below shows which colors are considered warm and which are cool.

Warm and cool colors

In choosing which color to dominate in your image, you decide what type of emotion you wish to evoke. Warm colors are generally the reds, oranges and yellows.  Browns and tans are included in the warm colors whereas grays are considered to be part of the cooler colors that include purples, blues and greens. Black, gray, and white are considered neutral colors so they are not represented on the color wheel.

Tints, Shades, and Tones

Tints, shades and tones also play a factor in your images.  When processing images in Photoshop, you can adjust the exposure, color, and other elements in your picture.  Part of this is changes in tints, shades and tones.

When you make an adjustment to a colors tint, you are adjusting the amount of white in the color hue. For shades, you are adjusting the amount of black in the color hue, and for tones, you are adjusting the amount of gray.

Tints are when you add more white.

tints

Shades are when you add more black.

Shades

Tones are when you add more grays.

Tones

This concludes our series on color theory. Check back with us to see what our next series of articles will be about.

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