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Value

Value

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In this lesson, you will learn about Value and how it is used to develop Form in the visual design process.

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Tutorial

What's Covered

Welcome to today’s lesson on what value is, different types, and then see why it's important in visual design. Specifically, this lesson will cover:

  1. Defining Value
  2. Value in Practice

1. Defining Value

Value uses a grayscale between white and black to develop form integrity.  It's another term for lightness or darkness.  Do you see the value demonstrated in the image below?  

Light illuminates aspects of form.  Dark is the absence of light and provides weight to form.  Gradient is the range between light and dark.  as it pertains to value.  Together - light, dark, and gradient - create form.

Terms to Know

  • Value
  • Another term for lightness or darkness.
  • Light
  • The illumination aspect to form.
  • Dark
  • The absence of light and provides the weight to form.
  • Gradient
  • The range between light and dark as it pertains to value.

2. Value in Practice

If you take a black rectangle and incorporate that combination of dark and light values, you can turn it into a cylindrical form.

Likewise, you can turn a circle into a sphere. The subtle use of gradation to create dramatic value is called chiaroscuro, which is Italian for "light dark." It's used in many great paintings, but it's not limited to it.

Term to Know

  • Chiaroscuro
  • The subtle use of gradation to create dramatic value.

You can see from the next examples the great use of those creating dark and light values to create drama and form.

Chiaroscuro is not limited to just paintings. It can also be applied to photos. And it doesn't necessarily have to be super dark or gloomy, like some of the other ones. As you can see below in this very beautiful Italian landscape.

Summary

This concludes our lesson for today on defining value, with light, dark and gradient.  and seeing it in practice.

Keep up the learning and have a great day!

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

TERMS TO KNOW
  • Dark

    The absence of light and provides the weight to form.

  • Value

    Another term for lightness or darkness.

  • Light

    The illumination aspect to form.

  • Gradient

    The range between light and dark as it pertains to value.

  • Chiaroscuro

    The subtle use of gradation to create dramatic value.