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Color Theory for Publication Design

If your responsible for teaching subjects like Design Theory or Publication Design you'll need to integrate "color theory" into your curriculum. Understanding color theory is essential for students who are pursuing their passion in the Arts. I've selected some of my favorite teaching resources that I have utilized in my own teaching practice.
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Color Theory for Publication Design
  • John Cork says:
    This 5-minute video from Lynda.com is great introduction into understanding the rules of color. Students will learn about primary, secondary and tertiary colors. Also color harmonies and rules are discussed before moving on to the anatomy of color swatches. This video is a must watch and is a great segue into a broader lesson on color theory and best practices.
  • John Cork says:
    I use Adobe InDesign as my main software tool when teaching my "Publication Design" course. I love this blog post as it puts forth shortcuts that students can use to become more effective and efficient when working with color. Topics discussed include using a color wheel, using text colors, using the eye dropper tool, using tints, applying shades and much more.
  • John Cork says:
    This blog post is loaded with interesting activities and instructional methods to teach color theory. Here you'll find teaching tips, activities, games, technology advice, videos and a listing of lessons by grade level. There is something for everyone here and the lesson ideas will provide you with hours of engaging activities for your creative classroom.
  • John Cork says:
    This blog post is perfect for teaching students the basics of color and creating documents for print or digital in InDesign. This beginner’s guide looks at the basics of color theory and the three main color models which include RGB, CMYK and Spot Color. The article is very helpful as it instructs students as to when they should use one color model over another. Also, students will learn how to change and manage InDesign’s color mode.
  • John Cork says:
    If you are teaching a Publication Design course there is probably a good chance that your using Adobe InDesign. This 6-minute video on YouTube instructs learners on how to use color libraries for InDesign projects. Additionally, students will learn how to master InDesign's NEW color theme tool. Please note the "Color Theme Tool" only works with Adobe InDesign CC as it is a new feature.
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