Color Saturation

This video explores color saturation, explaining how intense and muted colors can work together effectively in fine art, illustration, film, character design, and more. Both muted and intense colors contribute important elements of color that are both equally important in an artwork. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Jordan McCracken-Foster.

Video Walkthrough

  • Saturation is the level of intensity of a color.
  • High saturation is bright colors.
  • Low saturation is muted colors.
  • Muted colors and bright colors have to work together.
  • Muted colors are necessary to support and enhance bright colors.
  • Consider color relationships, how 1 color affects another.
  • Color saturation can greatly impact the movie of an artwork, or a film.
  • Don’t look at colors in isolation.
  • There is no “correct” shade of blue.
  • Paint straight out of the tube is the highest saturation possible.
  • Once you start mixing paint, the saturation inherently is lower.
  • Value and saturation are easily confused.
  • Looking at color scripts for films.

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