As research for this week’s practice task which focuses on color, I watched this very interesting tutorial about color inventories. It presents two different types of color inventories: a proportional inventory and a non-proportional inventory.
In the proportional color inventory you extract the colors that are present in the image and re-paint them in a bar graph that represents the proportions in which the colors appear in the image. This is good for pictures that consists of a limited amount of colors. I guess it would suit analyzing relief prints, riso prints, screen prints, paintings, drawings, stencils and all other printing methods where you print one color at the time.
The non-proportional color inventory is a bit different. It is good for pictures that have more colors that you can possibly count, like photographs for example. In this inventory you pick about ten colors that characterize the image the most and paint them in dots instead of stripes. This inventory doesn’t show the proportions of the colors but it shows the most important colors of the image.
I think the tutorial was interesting because I have never before heard of these color inventories. It helps me to understand how you can design color schemes based on existing images and objects. I am sure this will come handy in my future projects!