The Complete Color Harmony: Deluxe Edition

Expert Color Information for Professional Color Results

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Pub Date 2 Jul 2024 | Archive Date 21 Jun 2024

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This premium anniversary edition of The Complete Color Harmony gives you the color explorations, insights, and palettes from the original version in a deluxe new package that includes a pullout poster, gatefold foreword by internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Stuart Semple, and all-new image references.

The Complete Color Harmony was the first book published by the acclaimed design publisher Rockport Publishers, and has gone on to become an essential reference for generations of designers. This special edition of that classic reference celebrates Rockport Publisher’s 40th anniversary.

Get an introduction to using the color wheel and discover the key aspects of color, such as warm, cool, pale, and bright. Then, delve into moods and color and see how a wide variety of palettes can come across as earthy, powerful, regal, calm, dependable, and more.

In this book you’ll discover:

  • Hundreds of organized color palettes that can be used for a variety of art and design projects.
  • Why certain colors attract.
  • How colors evoke certain moods.
  • Advice on choosing the best colors to work with.
  • A CMYK process color chart and color swatches to make choosing colors and palettes easy.

With all the expert information in this convenient portable guide, you’ll feel confident in every color choice.

This premium anniversary edition of The Complete Color Harmony gives you the color explorations, insights, and palettes from the original version in a deluxe new package that includes a pullout...

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Chose this book because I am redecorating my bedroom and want to take bigger and bolder color risks. This definitely checked that box and will come in handy! Easy to read and understand.

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I have always been drawn to the color Orange. So much so that whenever anyone asks what my favorite color is, the answer is always Orange. There is a beauty to colors and this book had me appreciating how colors can complement each other-and in a way it reminded me of what it means to have details, analysis and information in one place-plus the picturesque of Pinterest.
I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in colors, in art, in creating a balance between them be it at home, work or just for the purposes of information. Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.

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This was a fun read. I especially liked the descriptions of the basic colors. Really colorful with great pictures.

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As might be expected from the title, this book is visually STUNNING!! The range of interest in this book will be large and varied, as the use of colour will be relevant to those in advertising, fashion, psychology and art (surely also many more whom I have not thought of).

I was motivated to pick up the book with a view to inspiring me in artistic projects, and I feel I have learned plenty about colour from a number of different applications from this book (for example how to choose colour on the basis of the mood I want to create, to which colours work together and why.

I found the inclusion and explanation of the colour wheel particularly useful and worthy of note.

Overall this is a book with a wide appeal, I would be proud to display this beautiful work on my coffee table!

My thanks to NetGalley, author and publisher for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an advance copy.

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Impressive and interesting book with stunning photos, colours, vivid and harmonious colour combinations. I will keep consulting this and recommend it.

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I was so excited to see this read. I colorful fun and I collect color palettes. This is a great resource for hobbyists like me, artists, decorators etc. I'll be saving this to use as a reference for a very long time!

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A very interesting book about colors and how to use and combine them. Some of the information can definitely be considered basic (such as warm and cold colors, light colors, dark colors, etc.), but there is also a lot of advanced knowledge that is very helpful for people who are planning to redecorate or other artistic projects. Personally, I really liked how the author recommends compositions of specific colors to achieve desired effects such as richness or softness. The whole chapter on color psychology is also interesting - I learned a lot from it! A big plus of the publication are the beautiful, high quality photographs. Overall, it's an enjoyable read!

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This deluxe 40th anniversary edition is a spectacular guide to color! A must have for designers, artists, etc., who work with color and for those readers who just love learning about hues. I want this in my personal library!

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An indispensable guide to colour use and colour theory. This is an updated deluxe edition of the Colour Harmony guide. I am the social media/ event poster person where I work and find this book indispensable for composing posts and posters for marketing. So many people use Canva or similar sites to design their marketing these days, and using this book it is easy to use colour effectively. I use this book to chose an appropriate colour scheme for my project, then I adapt a Canva template and very easily I can come up with effective advertising quickly.

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This book provides a beautiful, calming, fun experience of getting through the pages with ease.

I enjoyed the colour psychology parts within the second part of the book, with interesting facts on the perception and influence of particular colours - I did not know about the common perception that black boxes must weigh more than white ones.

The Complete Color Harmony is a thoroughly lovely, useful guide for those in need of a re-brand, professionals and beginners looking to improve their image - whether for business or personal use.

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