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Tints, Tones & Shades

Author: Nancy Esslinger

In this lesson, you will learn to define and categorize the tints, tones and shades of a color.

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Terms to Know

Having no discernible hue.

Gray Scale

A multi-step arrangement of swatches of achromatic grays; Each step in a gray scale represents an even progression in value, from white to black.


A color scheme based on just one hue plus its tints and shades


In the subtractive color system, a hue plus black which darkens the value of a color.


In the subtractive color system, a hue plus white which lightens the value of a color.


In the subtractive color system, a hue plus gray which mutes the color.