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.
There are 2 sides to color
Learning to describe colors
Understand common pitfalls
Master the color picker
Learn how to make color palettes
Learn how contrast works
Only remember hue names
Memorizing color schemes
Treat digital color like traditional medium
Blending colors using smudge tool
Mindless color picking
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
Color schemes, smudge color mixing, traditional medium color mixing in digital, and more useless color theories many have been throwing around
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.
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
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
More vibrant colors when you are in control of the blending algorithm
Choose the better blending algorithm to get the best result for your application.
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