To explore color principles by mixing colors. To become familiar with 4-color process and Pantone spot colors. To become familiar with the Adobe color mixer.
The goal of color "theory" is to create pleasing color combinations. Experienced artists and designers usually make color decisions intuitively. However, beginners may wish to learn the "scientific" method of choosing colors as a starting point.
Designers in the USA will need to be familiar with both the CMYK and Pantone color models. Where CMYK (also known as "process" color) may be expensive, the Pantone system can reproduce some colors that CMYK can't. The general rule for choosing CMYK over Pantone will depend on whether (1) full-color scans are required or (2) the design requires more than three inks.
Although color is a property of light (which is difficult to control), designers can "mix" digital "paint" (pixels) fairly accurately. Unfortunately, digital color management is still in its infancy and calibration of colors from scanner to monitor to printer can not be guaranteed. Because our perception of color is relative, we can still study how colors relate to each on an uncalibrated monitor. Just don't expect to have those colors print accurately.
For the color & moods exercise, review these six musical tracks (password required) or choose examples from your own collection.
Note: When working with InDesign, keep all linked images in the same folder as the original InDesign file to avoid broken links. When moving files, move the entire folder (never move just the InDesign file).