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Elements of Design

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This graphic is courtesy of Paper Leaf.

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Elements and Principles of Design

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This video gives an overview of the basic elements and principles of graphic design.

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Size in Design

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This is a blog post about the use of scale in graphic design.

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Shape in Design

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This is a post about the use of shape in graphic design.

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Texture in Design

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Here is an article about the use of texture in graphic design. If you need to add texture to a design, check out The Pattern Library. This is a curated collection of patterns you can download and use.

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Color palettes in PowerPoint

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Once you have chosen a color palette for your course, you might want to make use of it in PowerPoint to create some graphics or make a presentation for your students. This website shows you how to customize the color scheme in PowerPoint.

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Color wheel

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One way to create a color palette is to use the color wheel. Adobe has an interactive color wheel at color.adobe.com. You can use the sliders to find a particular color, and then select a color rule to see its complement on the color wheel or the two colors that go along with it to form a triad. You can also generate an analogous, monochromatic, or compound pattern based on the color. (Check out the color theory reference chart to see how those color relationships are formed.)

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Color codes

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When you find a great color you want to be able to replicate it. Two common ways that designers talk about color are RGB values and Hex values. RGB values look like this: R: 186 G: 47 B: 39. The red, green, and blue values can be any number from 0 to 225. Hex values look like this: #BA2F27. Each of the 6 digits in the number can be a number from 0 to 9 or a letter from A to F. Some programs will ask for the RGB value, others will ask for the Hex value. But as long as you know one of the two, it’s easy to convert it to the other value. If you know the RGB value and need the Hex value, use the converter at http://www.rgbtohex.net. If you know the Hex value and need the RGB value, use the converter at http://www.rgbtohex.net/hextorgb/.

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Color palettes

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If you are trying to find a color palette for your course, check out Design Seeds. This blog is constantly updated with new color palettes. Each post shows you the palette and also gives you the hex codes for each color in the palette. I like to browse the recent posts whenever I need inspiration. But the search by color option is great for the times when I have a specific color in mind and want to find complementary colors to go along with it.

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Color Science

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Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy collaborated to create a series of free online courses about topics related to movie animation. One of their courses is called “Color science.” Click here to check it out.

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