Color Lingo

Contrast:

Is the difference in luminance and color that makes an object distinguishable. High contrasting colors are opposites and low contrasting colors are more similar to each other.

CMYK:

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black. Color Model used for printing.

Hue:

Refers to the actual color. Hue is created by the wavelength of the light. Think back to middle school science class when you learned ROY G. BIV

Opacity:

Refers to the ability to let light pass through. More opaque objects will allow you to see through it.

RGB:

Red, Green, Blue. Color Model used for online and screen devices.

Saturation:

Is the purity of the color. 0% saturation would be black and white and 100%saturation would be the pure color.

Shade:

Is a darker version of the same color created by adding black. It is a result of color mixing.

Tint:

Is a lighter version of the same color created by adding white. It is a result of color mixing.

Value:

Refers to the brightness of a color. Colors closer to white have higher value and colors closer to black have low values.