Greetings, friends! I had some requests for additional resources on some of the keywords in the challenge. I’ll elaborate some of my thoughts below. Please bear in mind that these are only my thoughts… feel free to use Google or any other resources too.

I’d like to really encourage you to feel free to think about your keywords and what they mean to you. This is all about your interpretation, whether is is a literal or loose take on it.

If you need it, here’s the link to the Cell Phone Shoot Out screen:


  • Monochromatic: A monochromatic color scheme is a one-color scheme that is created using different tones of that one color. For example, different tones of blue.
  • Split-Complementary: A split-complementary color scheme uses two colors across the color wheel, with those two colors lying on either side of the complementary color. For example, violet’s complimentary color is yellow, but its split-complementary colors are yellow-green and yellow-orange.
  • Complementary: Complementary colors lie directly across the color wheel from each other and create a powerful duo. Think of some of your favorite sports teams, the LA Lakers use violet and yellow on their jerseys, the Chicago Bears use blue and orange, and, well, there’s probably no sports team with red and green colors due to its association with the holiday season, but you get the picture! Complementary colors show a natural balance and always contain a warm and a cool color.
  • Saturation: Color saturation refers to the intensity of color in an image. As the saturation increases, the colors appear to be more pure. As the saturation decreases, the colors appear to be more washed-out or pale. A highly saturated image has vivid, rich and bright colors, while an image with a low saturation will veer towards a scale of grey.
  • Cool vs. Warm: This harkens back to complementary colors. Think about the play between warm and cool shades in nature. For example, the warm reds, oranges and yellow of fire when compared to the cool blues of ocean water. This is all about how cool and warm colors play off of each other and contrast.
  • Neutrals: A neutral is a color without much intensity or saturation—a color that’s lacking in color, if you will. Examples of neutral colors include tan, beige, ivory, cream, white, black, and gray.
  • Pop Color: This is something that is totally up to your interpretation. My original thought was that a pop color is an effect in which part of an image is a single bold color and the rest of the image is a grey or a dull monochrome. HOWEVER… this is where your own take on it could be totally different. Could we be talking about a pop art color palette? The colors on a pop can? The colors on a ColourPop eye shadow palette? Hmmmmmm….

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