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I love colors. I'm obsessed with colors and color vision.
Recently I got a set of oil paints so that I can start doing oil painting again, and when I got the tubes, I realized that the colors of the paint would obviously not be anything close to what the tubes display, so I decided to make little sticker labels with the actual paint on it.
<as seen here
The first interesting thing about this picture is just how incredibly different the paint colors are from the tube color.
The second interesting thing is that the colors in this picture, though better than the tube colors, still aren't quite the real life colors because the camera just can't capture them properly.
The three blues on the left column of the bottom sheet are all completely different blues IRL. The top blue is a more vibrant blue with just a tint of ultraviolet (not red), and the middle blue actually has a bit of green in when thinned out, but that's not visible here for some reason.
A similar story with the three reds column of the top sheet. The top red is way redder, the middle red is actually a bit pink (but without any purple or blue), and the bottom red is like a chromatically thicker version of the pinkish one where the darkest part is a deep blood red, but the thin parts have an ultraviolet tint.
What blows my mind is how different these colors are when viewing them in real life as opposed to on a screen.
Another thing that blows my mind is how the camera (and most other people) can't seem to see the ultraviolet tint to some of the colors. And when I say ultraviolet, I actually mean ultraviolet.
When I look at a rainbow, I can see a wide violet band on the inside of it. When there's ultraviolet light, I can see an incredibly deep violet color that is nowhere close to blue. When I take a picture of a violet flower, I'm always disappointed that the image is completely lacking in violet color, even though it's displaying a saturated purple. I can even tell the difference between when it's just blue and red mixed to make purple and when it's actually legitimately violet.
So do I have cones in my eyes that can see violet/ultraviolet light? I dunno! But I can certainly see it, and no camera or display has ever been capable of showing me the same colors that I see IRL.
I have a lot more I could ramble about when it comes to color, especially how lighting situations can completely change the color of a material because of absorption/emission spectrum differences, but I just wanted to share how cool the colors are that I've got in my paint set.
I will be making some paintings soon, so stay tuned!
ITT: Talk about colors! Favorite colors, favorite use of colors, color blindness, emission spectra, light in general, etc.
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Here's an example of seeing ultraviolet.
This is a picture of an ultraviolet LED flashlight that I have.
The top picture is what the camera originally took.
The bottom picture is photoshopped to the closest I could get it to what I actually see, except it's still not even close. The violet I see is far deeper and more saturated than that.
So yeah. Cameras do NOT capture ultraviolet light very well at all.
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Favorite color is green. That makes sense since green is objectively better than other colors.
I dunno what to say, but I'm pro color! I'm always wearing a lot of color on me. Right now I've got orange fingernails, pink toenails, blue shirt, and white/gray shorts. Could even be wearing my green plaid skirt if i really wanted to crank up the color.
So many people dress so muted - blacks and tans. I don't get that, it's too drab for me.
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i've always been a fan of colors and their range of beauty!
i've always chosen in favor of more and more color myself!
and that paint set you got looks like a ton of fun <3
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Double Rainbow!!>>1063684>Favorite color is green. That makes sense since green is objectively better than other colors.
Is that so? I totally thought turquoise was the objective best.>I'm always wearing a lot of color on me.
That sounds amazing!>So many people dress so muted - blacks and tans. I don't get that, it's too drab for me.
My standard outfit is pretty bland, colorwise. I also leave my room walls white, and get the black version of every product I can. Not because I dislike color, but because it's actually easier for me to imagine all kinds of different colors when I want to visualize things. Otherwise I get too distracted by its beauty.>>1063712>i've always chosen in favor of more and more color myself!
Yay!>and that paint set you got looks like a ton of fun <3
I can't wait to start making tiny masterpieces with it! :D
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that was a happy little accident <3
yay!>hugs and kajis <3
to further explain, my favorite individual colors switch between lavender and pink
but my fave color combination is red and green like christmas <3
ooh you are gonna have to show us your little masterpieces <3
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>>1063719>>1063719>I totally thought turquoise was the objective best.
Suuuuuuper easy mistake to make! Happens to the best of us c:>Not because I dislike color, but because it's actually easier for me to imagine all kinds of different colors when I want to visualize things
I recently found out I have aphantasia, so I literally can't visualize things!
Here’s a fun video expressing a similar feeling.
I want to make a video about color science at some point.
I want a truly violet pigment.
Not a pigment that is a mix of red and blue. I mean a pigment that reflects 400-425nm light. The kind of pigment that is obviously violet IRL, but would look blue to any camera, like this: >>1063677
I have no idea of such a pigment even exists, but if it does, I really want some.
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Being partially colorblind means that I can see colors that other people can't see and vice versa.
Wow so crazy.
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Nahhhh! There's always more to learn about colors!
I think that's what makes it so exciting to me! Even though I understand it artistically, digitally, and scientifically, I'm always blown away by the new things I can learn and discover about color and the new colors that I can see when I learn about them (if I get the chance to see them IRL).>>1064818
Oh! I have two questions then (I hope they're not too intrusive). What kind of colorblindness do you have? Have you ever tried those special glasses and do they work?
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>buying dozens of tubes of paint
Does no one just buy three large tubes of Cyan, Yellow, and Magenta and mix their own colors anymore?
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i have always loved all pale blue colors, like sky blue
i like pastel colors a lot too, because they are friendly.
Cobalt Blue has been my favorite color for over 20 years>>1064844
Good luck getting the color ratios exactly right
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Sadly there are a lot of colors that are impossible to make with just those three. Like, you could probably get the hue, but you'll never get the saturation right.
Heck, even with all 24 of these colors, I'm still unable to create the exact glowing true violet color that I'm looking for. I was able to get pretty close, but it's still super desaturated compared to the actual color that I'm going for.<Here's a picture of my attempt (the circled areas are the closest I've gotten).
Sadly, the picture can't even capture my attempt properly. It just looks like a lot of blue here.
So yeah. Color mixing and pigment discovery is quite the difficult challenge.>>1064841
Oh! Well if you ever get the chance, you gotta let me know how it is!>>1064843
Same. I love turquoise, but like, when it's a mix of hues together, not just a solid color.>>1064847
Those are great colors! They're so soft and happy!>>1064853
Cobalt blue is such a solid pure blue. Good choice!
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Stuart's Semples's work of making super extra paints is pretty cool.
He likes 🦄 too so that's cool.
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I should totally buy his pinkest pink. I REEEEEEALLY want to see it.
I posted a video on it earlier in the thread.
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i saw that video and thought it was so cool, i wish i had pinkest pink
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sorta related, i was playing crash 4. i just unlocked N.Verted levels, and i played a level where i explode color paint everywhere!
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in a way, yeah kinda!>hugs and kajis <3
although i didn't get to be a squid :PP
how are you moony?
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I've been having similar issues with a set of markers we have at work. I kinda have to test everything out before I use it and make sure it's what I need.
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The history of different pigments utterly fascinates me.
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Colors are interesting. Honestly I find very earthy colors more appealing than bright vibrant hues. I include things like gems with that, I've found that though many gems have a nice sheen, they are relatively dark.
Personally I prefer those very dark colors, with white thrown in when it comes to clothing. I have a couple of bright shirts that are thin that I use for working out that are orange and red, but that's mainly for visibility when I'm on the road. My casual clothes are very dark, and for my suits I like black and grey.
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Interesting! I've never heard anyone say they like the darker colors more. Do you have any particular tone you like more than others? Brown? Dark green? Maroon?
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I usually like very dark blues, or dark purples like on purple plum trees.
I've heard that people with blue/grey eyes are more sensitive to light so that may be part of it.
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Interesting! I have blue eyes, so maybe that's part of why I can see colors the way I do!
And totally, dark blues and purples are amazing to look at, and they have such an intense presence when in nature. Like some comforting void. I dunno. Is cool.>>1065350
Pretty close, but sadly not quite. The primary colors can make a large portion of possible colors, but not definitely not all of them.<see this graph that shows what eyes can see, what RGB can reproduce, and what CMYK can reproduce.
There are certain levels of saturation and brightness that are impossible to reach with CMYK because, sure, you can achieve the hue
of the color, but will be missing some saturation and brightness because paint mixing is subtractive, meaning the colors will always be darker and less saturated when you mix them. And if you make it any brighter or darker by mixing with white or black, it desaturates the color even more.
Because of this, there are many different types of paint colors that fill in the area outside the CMYK color space (but even those are limited, sadly).
RGB is at least additive so that when it mixes colors, they don't desaturate, so it's better than CMYK, however RGB has still brightness and saturation limits dependent on the pixel elements and how pure their frequency spectrum is.
So yeah. Color is a very complicated thing, and there are plenty of colors that people rarely see, like that insanely pure violet that I'm searching for that is clearly well outside of the CMYK color space. :P
I was always told that RGB is additive color, so it works for light. And that CMYK is subtractive color, so it's best for pigment.
I agree that we see more colors than pigment or computer screens can produce, but I wager that chart isn't talking about just pigment
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Pig meat IS good for vision, its true.