Graphic designers need to understand color. But there are some basics we all need to know. We should remember: a little bit of color theory, how to pick colors, and how to use them. This three-part video series will help you learn the basic color theory and tricks you'll need to use great colors together in Microsoft Office.
Graphic Design Video 1: Understanding Color Theory
This video from the Artist Block explains basic color theory better than I could. (Plus, he's cool.) The important thing for students to understand is the primary colors and that certain colors go well together. Once they are a tad overwhelmed or at least convinced that this is complex, then they are ready to get the help given in videos 2 and 3.
Graphic Design Video 2: How to Pick and Use the Perfect Color in Desktop Publishing
My Google Plus connection Penny Cristensen added this note to the video today (and shared a cool resource) after it went live:
Graphic Design Video 3: How to Pick the Perfect Color and Put it into Microsoft Office
In Microsoft Office, you will probably want to change the color in three ways: the background, the borders, and the font color. Learn how to take the “perfect colors” and color in Microsoft Excel. This technique also works in all Microsoft Office Programs: Microsoft Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint.
[callout]Graphic design doesn't have to be difficult. Learn the tools that help you do it better. Please share your tips in the comments. [/callout]
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