(My apologies that this tool doesn't squeeze down to fit in smaller screens!)
The Gamut Mask is a great way to created harmonic colour schemes. It simplifies your colour choices and saves you lots of time and paint in achieving unified colour palettes quickly and easily.
This Gamut Mask Tool was developed by me (Richard Robinson) and is provided to you free to use. The original concept of the Gamut Mask was developed by artist James Gurney.
Below are some samples of harmonic colour schemes achieved by using the Gamut Mask.
First I designed an image with a limited value study. Then I decided my most powerful colour would be the orange in the foreground and I made a triangular mask with yellow orange as the dominant colour, supported by a greyed red and a greyed green.
I could have mixed intermediary colours located midway along the sides of the triangle, but I decided to keep it simple and mixed just three colour strings of five values each.
Then I removed all other colours from my palette so I wouldn’t be tempted to dip into them, and painted the first little study (just 2.5″ wide). Satisfied with that, I made two more studies, and you can see what different colour schemes were achieved by the different gamut masks. Each painting is harmonious, yet each has a slightly different mood.
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