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Chapter 14. The Slippery Science of Colo... > The Great White Light and the Breaka...

The Great White Light and the Breakaway Color Republics

I hate theory, you hate theory—I don't think I've ever met anyone who just loves a good dose of theory. Unfortunately, I have to share a few basic color observations before moving on to the more exciting and practical discussions of how you use color in Illustrator. See, color is a highly misunderstood topic, particularly among the folks who work with it every day. Whether you're a graphics novice or a publishing professional, it pays to arm yourself with as much basic color knowledge as possible. Just as it helps to know a little something about motors when you take your car in for repair, it helps to know the fundamentals of color when you enter a print shop.

The most common misconception is that color exists in the real world. It doesn't. It's all in your head. In fact, similarly colored objects share no common chemical or physical properties. And a single material—such as copper—may change in color dramatically under slightly different conditions.


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