Brief 4 – The visual language of colour

Interpretation of Colours:

We interpret colours in an expressive way due to the evolving history of colours that were socially representative of different things and we recognise these things to survive, for example: the colour red is usually associated with bad as it is a colour that links with a lot of poisons and angry animals. this has over time built a subconscious representation for the colour red to be associated as bad and we accept that and are taught that from when we’re young.

This further emphasises why colour schemes and colours used within any piece of graphical work or visual imagery is usually the most essential aspect for communicating the theme, mood or message of a visual. This is something that I had to explore for my brief 4 through using to explore two images, one abstract and one composite image. This exploration of this is presented below.

Exporing a Composite image

The first step that I took in finding an image was to simply type ‘Composite image’ into google images and discovered this image displayed below:

(Sourced form Google images)

I chose to use this specific composite image as the colour scheme really intrigued me initially. The reason it intrigued me is because it seems like a very dull, melancholy visual with a cold, dark and cloudy environment, however, the colours of the balloons seem vibrant even though they are in a dull environment. I was very interested to see how the Adobe colour palette would interpret this imagery.

I inserted this image into and it extracted its colour theme for me as shown below.

As shown by the screenshot above, this image, despite the vibrant colours of the balloons, has an very dull theme to it. aBeing able to extract the colour theme from the image really helps to emphasise the theme of this composite image as it displays the main colours used across this image beside each other in a much more basic way. The colour profile for this image is dull and has very cold and dark themes due to the yellow tint that seems to be filtered over the image and the cloudy and melancholic sky.

As it was the vibrant colours that initially intrigued me, I decided to take the exploration fo colour extraction further. I used the drop down and changed the colour theme to ‘bright’ (as circled below) as I wanted to see how this would be interpreted and I wanted to see how bright and vibrant these colours really were. This new ‘bright’ extraction is displayed below.

What I established from extracting a ‘bright’ theme from this image is that the already communicated theme of dullness and melancholy are just further emphasised. This us because even when I tried extracting colours for the sole purpose of extracting the brightest colours within the image, the colours extracted are still dull and quite isolated colours. This further tells me that this image is communicating this melancholy theme purposefully through its colour scheme.

I decided to take a look at this images colour wheel also. Below displays this.

This colour wheel is also a very interesting way at displaying the colour theme of an image. The contrast of this colour palette against the colour wheel further emphasises the dull and melancholy theme that I initially established. This is also emphasised by the colour balance shown at the bottom of the screen which shows all the colours used as the lower half of each row, which is the darker colours.

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