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Informative video on mixing gray scale

Discussion in 'Colour help' started by Karl Becker, Dec 6, 2020.


  1. Karl Becker

    Karl Becker Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    Here's another video Trevor at Wicked Art just released on mixing gray scale that was helpful to me. Along with mixing his own, he also discusses Createx's new line of Air, Oil, and Lead colors.


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    Thanks Karl,
    Trevor has some great videos :)
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    wickedartstudio Mac-Valve Maestro!

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    Thank you Jackie!
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    On a side note - use complimentary transparent colours to make transparent Greys and use control to create value.
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    I don't use greys much so this was a help/education for me. Surprised how much the ratio changed over the shades. I presume this would work with any colour, especially the darker tones. Not just with black to make greys.
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    So you mix the 3 complimentaries instead of primary's to make the grey. What sort of shade do you get? Is it as dark as with the primary's? Please excuse the questions but even though I've been around for a long time I've not done a lot of paint mixing/colour theory stuff.
    I know the basics, like how to counteract blue shift, what to add when things look a bit purple or red etc etc but never done this so it's all quite interesting for me.
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    Yes it will work with any color, but the ratios will need to be adjusted some depending on the color you're starting with. Also, starting with a lighter color would require adding black or another dark color as you move toward the darker end of the scale.
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    Thanks Trevor,, yeh I guessed that would be the case. Plenty of time to mess about with the colours.
    Merry Christmas mate
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    Merry Christmas to you and your family as well my friend!
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    Just the compliment to what ever colour you have, like yellow and violet, blue and orange etc. you can make a near neutral Grey with most compliments, personally I tint it to what I need. I use a lot of dirty violets in my work and I create them with yellow and violet, if I need it warm I add more yellow, and vise versa.
    Blue and orange or burnt umber is a staple for me for deep shadows with out the blandness of using black
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    Yes I love burnt umber, I use it a lot as the base for most things

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