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Working with colour and Colour blindness

on: October 20, 2009, 02:00:47 pm
I believe they call it Colour deficiency now a days and i was just wondering are there any artist on this forum who have some type of colour blindness? If so how do you work with colour? i've known i was colour blind since i was young and i've sort of shied away from colour use in my art as a result - because i don't like colouring up something only to be told that what I intended to be one colour is in fact another, apart from that even though it can't be helped i've always felt a bit embarassed about having difficulty with colours. But now i really want to start focusing on colour particularly because i want to create nice pixel art and that requires a good understanding of colour.

So if your colour blind what tools, methods etc do you use when working with colour? or if your not is there some way i can pick a colour and be fairly certain of what it is without going by eyesight alone? it's no like i only see black and white or something it's just some shades are particularly difficult to distinguish between for me.

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Re: Working with colour and Colour blindness

Reply #1 on: October 20, 2009, 07:16:36 pm
I have it... I wasn't aware until a year or two ago. I still don't know if it effects my works, but I have once painted a scene that was supposed to be an orange sunset and showed a friend who told me it was actually green.

However, I just go about things as I normally do, perhaps the best thing is to always take into consideration others critiques that deal with your color usage, especially between the red-green values.

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Re: Working with colour and Colour blindness

Reply #2 on: October 20, 2009, 09:46:47 pm
Yeah, but i was kinda wondering if there was some way i could have a rough idea of a colour based of values or something, i've seen some tutorials on web design where the fella just types in a number and he seems to already know what colour it will be without even looking. I imagine web colours might be a bit different to colour picking for art or pixels but well, i've had trouble where i've made a characters skin colour green instead of a light brown in the past. I suppose if i practice more i'll probably get better at differentiating certain colours though.

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Re: Working with colour and Colour blindness

Reply #3 on: October 20, 2009, 11:15:44 pm
In Linux/X11, the concept of 'named colors' is sort of built in. Not all colors are named, but there is a large set of colors that are. Using a color-selector tool supporting named colors could help. (if it can find the nearest named-color to the color you've selected, that might help too). I would be surprised if there are not named-color tools for Windows or Max too.
There are also web resources like http://cloford.com/resources/colours/500col.htm (which seems to be based on the standard X11R6 rgb.txt list of named colors)
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Re: Working with colour and Colour blindness

Reply #4 on: October 20, 2009, 11:43:22 pm
Using the HSL slider allows you to see the difference, doesn't it?

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Re: Working with colour and Colour blindness

Reply #5 on: October 21, 2009, 12:47:52 am
with HSL sliders is the Hue basically just the base colour? would i be able to find a chart or something that divides the hue numbers into an approximation of what colour it is and use that as a jumping point? or am i understanding things all wrong.


 

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Re: Working with colour and Colour blindness

Reply #6 on: October 21, 2009, 01:30:04 am
Hue is indeed base color. The slider goes like this:

red -> yellow -> green -> cyan -> blue -> magenta -> purple -> red again

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Re: Working with colour and Colour blindness

Reply #7 on: October 21, 2009, 01:40:24 am
I have a red/green colour deficiency. Some pinks look like grey to me and some blues look like purples. I used to shy away from using colours a lot until i got into college because i was picked on constantly by teachers in front of my art classes for it.

I've researched the colour wheel so when I go to choose colours I just know what colour im looking at from the colours beside it. If I want a certain saturation I'll pick it in a different colour and then slide it to the colour I wanted to use. Unfortunately when I use real media like markers or pencil crayons I still tend to make people green but If I focus enough I can usually tell the difference.

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Re: Working with colour and Colour blindness

Reply #8 on: October 21, 2009, 02:29:22 am
Thanks for all your responses guys i think whats been said will be a big help to me

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Re: Working with colour and Colour blindness

Reply #9 on: October 23, 2009, 07:10:23 pm
Im apparently partially red green colorblind. I don't let it affect me, if it works for me im fine with it.