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Design 101: Using Value Structure

By Mike Frederick
Photoshop

Learn how to choose colors more intelligently by understanding the concept of Value in color theory.

The hardest thing about being a Motion Designer is often the design part. And, one of the most common questions we get is, "How do you choose the right colors for your designs?" Unfortunately, there isn't a silver bullet answer to that question, but today we'll be teaching you something that's pretty close.
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Picking colors doesn't have to be so hard!
In this tutorial, Design Bootcamp instructor (and Emmy award winner) Mike Frederick will give you the skinny on Value, a component of color theory that will instantly upgrade your work once you understand it. There are also plenty of Photoshop tips in this one.
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Design 101: Using Value Structure

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​​What are you going to learn in this tutorial?

Design is an endlessly deep well, but in this lesson you'll start to get a handle on some basic color theory. You'll learn how to apply Value to your work in a very practical way. You'll learn some theory, but you'll also see that theory put to use in Photoshop.

What is Value?

Boring word, awesome concept. Value is the brightness of a color, and it's probably the most important component when it comes to creating contrast in your work.
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How does color relate to Value?

Value is just one piece of the color pie. How does it relate to things like warm and cool hues?
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Why is Value Structure so important?

Value structure is a game changing idea once you grasp it. Mike's set up some great visuals to help the concept really lang.
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How do you use Value in Photoshop?

Enough theory, let's get to it! Mike walks through a simple but very illustrative example of how designers use Value in motion design.
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