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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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Notes on "Tints, Tones & Shades"


Example of Subtractive Color Process, wikipedia, Creative Commons


Example of Blue Tints, Tones and Shades, wikipedia, Creative Commons


Example of Tints, Tones and Shades in a Color Wheel, Fair Use


Example of Blue Tint and Shade, Fair Use


Example of Blue Tones, Fair Use


Example of Achromatic, wikipedia, Creative Commons


Example #1 of Gray Scale, wiki, Fair Use


Example #2 of Gray Scale, Fair Use


Example #3 of Gray Scale, wiki, Fair Use


Terms to Know
  • Achromatic

    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.

  • Monochromatic

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

  • Shade

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

  • Tint

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

  • Tone

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