Soul Stirring Colors

A great piece of render stirs the soul, just like music stirs the soul. Strip out the composition and subject matter, color plays a major role in defining the mood. Excitement, bliss, rage and awe, these are weaved by colors.

“Color is emotion”

There are 2 sides to color

Technical side

The math of color determine how colors behave when stacked on the same pixel.

Artistic side

The artistic side of color defines the mood and feel of an artwork.
Aim for emotional impact.

The Artistic Side: Learning & Understanding Process

What works?

Learning to describe colors
Understand common pitfalls
Master the color picker
Learn how to make color palettes
Learn how contrast works

What don’t work

Only remember hue names
Memorizing color schemes
Treat digital color like traditional medium
Blending colors using smudge tool
Mindless color picking

Common color misconception

Color is hue only
Color scheme is everything
Make shadows more black
Used RGB sliders to mix colors
Specular reflection is 100% white
More colors are more better

Solution: Soul Stirring Digital Color Mastery

What you’ll mindfully learn

  • Strong color fundamentals
  • How to spot and avoid common pitfalls
  • Describe any color (yes any color) technically
  • Hone your skill to color pick from anything you see
  • Master color pickers and the nuance of each
  • Make exciting color palettes from thoughtful planned building blocks
  • Playing with colors boldly like a PRO
  • Learn how the PROs (Ghibli, Doraemon, PICO8 and more) made their famous color palettes

What you will not learn

Color schemes, smudge color mixing, traditional medium color mixing in digital, and more useless color theories many have been throwing around

What you’ll get

  • A beautifully crafted & screen friendly ebook
  • A jump starter companion video
  • Starter notes to guide you to understand the big picture of how colors can synergistic work
Part 1: The Foundations

The ability to identify color is the most important skill you can have. Be it on screen or real life, this skill enhances your ability to see the world more vividly than ever before. Along the way you will learn to avoid common pitfalls and take advantage of color opportunities. The ebook does not stay only in itself. You are encouraged to explore color discussions around the web. It is fun even for people with strong color foundations.

Part 2: The Tools

A color picker may look extremely fundamental, but it can either cripple or catapult your color selection. You will learn the tiny details of how a color picker works. You will also understand why one color picker is better than the others.

Part 3: The Color Palettes

This is the fun part which occupies more than half of the ebook. You will learn to leverage your color picker, use building blocks to make wonderful color combinations, and use cool tips & tricks to enhance your color palettes. Then we will dive into projects and see how color palettes are designed. Next we will learn from the professionals on how they design their color palettes. This part will totally demystify long standing secrets of soul stirring color palettes.

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What the PRO says about the ebook?

I like that it gives the reader challenges along the way, and I think that it’ll go a long way to teaching somebody new to color some best practices in picking a palette. Overall great work, I can tell the attention and care that has been put into it.

Tim Wendorf, art director, Something Classic

Essential study material for any designer who wants to level up their work, and a gorgeous book that is a pleasure to read.

Jan van den Hemel, video agency art director, creator of Blender Secrets

This book is a masterpiece. The fact that it simplifies what can be simplified and dives deep where it must is gorgeously done. Congratulations. 

Bruno Faria Hatanaka, tattoo artist

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The learning process of the technical side of color

The Common Technical Pitfalls

Over reliance on the common blending modes
Disregard the nuance of each blending mode
Ignorant of how factor affecting blending algorithms
Failure to realize color operators to exploit them

Vibrancy control

More vibrant colors when you are in control of the blending algorithm

Blending algorithm

Choose the better blending algorithm to get the best result for your application.

The technical solution: Pixel Math

What you will learn

  • Master the basic of color with different math operators
  • Observe and understand color blending using blend modes available in Blender
  • Discover the origin of some blending algorithm and their applications
  • Discover the behavior of all blending modes and why one works better than the others
  • Learn how to make your own blending algorithms via code and nodes
Ebook features
  • Based on real Blender source code
  • Full and simplified algorithm
  • Explained in easy to understand terms
  • Nodes examples setup provided
  • Small ebook with diagrams, fast to read & understand
  • Quick navigation provided
  • Extremely beginner friendly

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What the PRO says about the ebook?

Pixel math is an excellent guide to Blender’s powerful node based shading system. I highly recommend it to everyone interested in real time rendering or compositing. You are not going to find a more complete reference anywhere else. —Todor Imreorov

A handy reference of color blend modes in Blender, this small ebook explains in simple words all the math equations that govern different ways of blending colors. The book will be a good source of information for anyone who has experience of getting mad with color blending options in the compositor, material nodes, and Freestyle line color modifiers. — Tamito Kajiyama a.k.a T.K., Freestyle developer

Having existing programming knowledge, Pixel Math was a great learning experience. Lots of helpful and reusable info. — Grant Wilk, Remington Graphics

As both an artist and compositor I would have to recommend “Pixel Math”. Blend nodes have been covered much but never before was I able to read about them in such depth. Clever writing thats down to the point accompanied with plenty of visual guides made this a very easy to read and understand book. Blend nodes are obvious in their behavior when it comes to screen and multiply however when the other nodes are mentioned it opens up a world of possibilities that have never been covered so in depth before. I cannot recommend this book enough since color control and color math are two of the most important things when it comes to understanding pixel math. Blend modes offer power to generate isolations of values that can change the impact of an entire piece. I am honored to have been allowed the opportunity to get to review it also learn from this. Just the reviewing of this book expanded my pixel math to another level and its all thanks to the genius’ over at BNPR. —Jerry Perkins a.k.a MasterXeon1001

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