Shadow Colour

Had a play with photoshop to experiment with some colour and shadow values. I created a simple image using vibrant block colours. Primaru colours were chosen for the main forms and floor, I added a yellow background later. The question you need to ask yourself is what colours do the shadows seem to be, are they all the same colour, no matter what its cast on, The light in this case is a simple white light, no need to complicate things.

An area that is hidden from light does not mean it does not have colour. Shadowed area can contain many different colours. Painting shadows grey or black will dull down your image and make it look muddy.

Shadows often contain areas of color filled reflected light, caused by the colors of nearby objects in full light. Shadows may also contain hints of the color complementary to the local color of the object itself, so a yellow wall in shadow may contain hints of purple.

First consider the colour of the local object. The color of a shadow area on a blue area will be completely different in color to the shadow area on a red area. People tend to forget to look and decide what colour something is and instead presume that shadow is grey

The tone of the shadow needs looked at aswel. How dark is it compared to other areas of an image. Look at the shape of the shadow, it will be more prominent and sharper closer to it source object and will dissipate the further away the shadow is.

A few simple rules of thumb, warm light – cool shadow, cool light – warm shadow. The temperature of the light is worth consideration. Warm- red end of light spectrum, cold – blue end of light spectrum Warm sunlight or warm lamplight will often create cool, bluish shadows; whereas, cool light through a window on a a cloudy day, or from a fluorescent light, may create much warmer shadows. do not totally rely on this but use this rule in conjunction with your own eyes.

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