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Tutorial 4/4

Levels of lightness.

Hi everyone! I hope you’re doing well and coping alright with the current situation ;)

I'm sorry it takes me so much time, but here's the 4th tutorial on the fundamentals of color theory!

Sometimes, even if our color palette seems to work, the composition still appears flat and without a clear focus.

The colors we're using may have the same level of lightness.
When I'm talking about lightness I mean the amount of white or black in a color.

As you can see below, when desaturated, every color translates into an equivalent tone on the grayscale.
Let's go back to our first example.

Turning down the saturation, we can see that these three colors have almost the same lightness.
In both versions, the image is low in contrast and without a clear focus.

We can try to change the lightness of two of the colors, for example, purple and yellow.
A darker purple and a lighter yellow help us adding more depth.

Even better if you add a very bright tone where you want to focus the attention and a darker tone for shadows.
Next time, turn your image in grayscale, check if there is the right amount of contrast and adjust the lightness of colors, your composition will thank you!
I hope you enjoy it :)
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Speak soon,
Colorletter by Susanna Rumiz
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