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Tints, Tones & Shades

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

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What's Covered

  1. Tint
  2. Tone
  3. Shade
  4. Other Color Schemes

1. Tint

Tint in the subtractive color system is a hue plus white, which lightens the value of a color.

Term to Know

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

Below is an example of tint.

You have two hues, with the base color up top and it gets lighter as you add more and more white.


2. Tone

Now, a tone in the subtractive color system is a hue plus gray, which mutes the color.

Term to Know

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

Below is an image example of tone.

As you add gray, it starts to mute the color. The color kind of starts to lose its vibrancy as it progresses towards that gray.


3. Shade

A shade in the subtractive color systems is a hue plus black, which darkens the value of a color.

Term to Know

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

Below is an image example of shade.

In this image, as you add black to the base color, it gets darker.


4. Other Color Schemes

The other important color schemes are monochromatic and achromatic, which includes the discussion of a gray scale.

Terms to Know

    • Monochromatic
    • A color scheme based on just one hue plus its tints and shades
    • 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 is a color scheme based on just one hue plus its tints and shades. When there's no discernible hue, it's called achromatic. At this point, it's really just going through a scale of white to black, like a grayscale. A grayscale is a multi-step arrangement of swatches of achromatic grays. Each step in a grayscale represents an even progression in value from black to white.

It's worth noting that both of the schemes can be used across professions like photography and video games as well.


Summary

That concludes today's lesson on tint, tone, and shade. This lesson focused on the differences between adding white, black, and grey to indicated tint, tone, and shade. It also covered the two other color schemes, monochromatic and achromatic.

Keep up the learning and have a great day!

Source: SOURCE: THIS WORK IS ADAPTED FROM SOPHIA AUTHOR MARIO E. HERNANDEZ

TERMS TO KNOW
  • 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.

  • Achromatic

    Having no discernible hue.

  • 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.

  • Tone

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

  • Tint

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