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04-24-2003, 03:41 PM
I'm not sure about this nor if it really does fit here. If not, let me know and I'll delete it :)

I was looking for a colour guide.
When I do hair for example using Photo or Paint, the lighting/shadows will create different shades of colour to a person's hair.

For someone with black hair, I've seen highlights that have been brown, white-to-grey, or even dark indigo.

Hopefully I'm putting this out right.

Does anyone know of an online colour guide for shading/lighting and what colours look the most realistic on hair of different colours? [depending on their surroundings?]

...unless someone knows off hand by experience...

Thanks :D

04-24-2003, 06:18 PM
Typically, for print and web designers, we use a spectrometer (or another type of color reader) that tests the levels of a print or photo to understand the mix that makes certain colors.

If that's something you need, you'll be testing a lot of colors on a photo, but it works.

Otherwise, I recommend checking out the some of the 3D design forums (we are required to build hair structure, texture it, finilize it -- takes forever) because they can give you some color samples for hair.

The forum for Lightwave 6 is http://www.postforum.com/forums/list.php?f=22
(this is the program they use to build movies -- especially Lucas Arts and Pixar)

You may also search for forums for Strata 3D studio pro and Lightwave -- or their direct websites. It's your best bet.

I typically use 3D to design cars and various non-living objects for video, web and other medias, so i can't help you that much, but I can lead you.

I'll check the programs real quick as well and see if they have a fixture.

You can always get a photograph of someone with hair and check the levels in photoshop? If your using ProCreate Painter, it'll read the mixes -- I don't know about Corel photopaint or paint shop, I don't use them.

04-24-2003, 06:23 PM
I just reread your question so I have some answers --

When building hair structure and their subsequent shadows -- degrade the colors or build the colors by hair shades such as what you can find in hair coloring that you buy at the store - the scale is like this:

L. Blonde
M. Blonde
D. Blonde
L. Brown
M. Brown
D. Brown
(black has certian scales like this)

Shadows for M. Brown will look more D. Brown - and light will look more L. Brown.

However, a color 'filter' will vary -- if you have a sunset, you are now putting a violet color on a brown, and understanding color theory will teach you the scales that are going to happen in visual, or print, light.

http://www.colormatters.com/entercolormatters.html is a comprehensive site that talks specifically about color theory and has an online forum where people will tell you the possible mixes that will work with what color and what scenery

Does that help more?

04-24-2003, 07:03 PM
Does that help more?

Wow, actually that's a big help. Both posts that is.
I've bookmarked the pages you provided bradyj.

And it was Adobe Photoshop.
Don't use Corel =)

Fantastic :D

04-25-2003, 02:41 AM