What are some of the different shades of green?

What are some of the different shades of green?

It has been stated in scientific articles that I have read that the human eye can distinguish 6,000 different shades of green.

Bear in mind that, evolutionarily, being able to tell the slightest difference between the colors of two very similar plants, one of which is food, the other of which is poison, would make a difference to our species surviving.

Observing the differences in the colors of vegetation seen at a distance from a lookout point might prevent one from leading one’s family/clan/tribe into a dangerous marsh and thus unwillingly adding to the fossil record.

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Being able to distinguish anomalies in patterns of shade and light, and the material surfaces the light is reflecting from, or shaded upon, would help keep one from, for instance, walking onto the ‘dinner plate’ of a lion, again preserving our species.

Shades: in color theory shades are colors, either primary secondary, intermediate into which black has been introduced.

As far as the number of shades of green, that is very nearly infinite depending upon the ratio of green to black mixed. Nor does it include variations of greens, e.g. yellow-green; blue-green et al.

However, in Ireland legend has it that one can find “Forty shades o’ Green”. Or so I am told…;-)

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What are some of the different shades of green?

When it comes to greens, you almost “can’t go wrong” with combining two or more shades or tints of green.

Nowadays, especially, you have great freedom in juxtaposing colors into combinations that wouldn’t have been thought tasteful 40 or 50 years ago.

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Your prime considerations in this instance would be things like:

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  • juxtaposing greens that have a similar saturation. Breaking this “rule” will yield you a more daring and striking combination, but again, as I say, nowadays that’s no sin at all. For example, if you juxtaposed video/RGB green… with a pale celadon… You will get a very strident, lively/active modulation between the two; In the past, this would’ve been thought ill-advised or even vulgar… but nowadays, anything goes. (So strident is this combo that, do you see the after-images of purple, green’s complement, flickering all around almost psychedelically?
  • A real consideration here would be between your yellow-greens… and your blue-greens. Truly, they are so different in look from one another, that they might as well be separate colors! In the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, juxtaposing the two was considered a fashion no-no, a graphic designer’s no-no, an interior designer’s no-no. Yet nowadays, younger audiences do not mind, they relish, such a hip modulation.
  • Here’s a photo I just took, just for you: Notice how Mother Nature very happily juxtaposes yellow-greens and blue-greens. This she does, because she just… don’t…care. (Haha)

What is the best shade of green for a green screen?

  • Here’s a look at the differences between yellow-greens and blue-greens. If you keep your greens within one “family” or another, you simply cannot go wrong. Any shade or tint will do, within that “family”.
  • Of course, in the FINE arts, there are no rules. Andy Warhol very happily blended “cool” and “warm” greens in his palette:
  • Fun fact: Americans tend to prefer blue-greens in fashions, cars, and graphic design. Asians are more partial to the yellow-greens. Your blue-greens seem to suggest northern/temperate climates (think: Germany’s “Black” Forest), while yellow-greens seem to suggest warmer/tropical climates. (think: a palm-tree).
  • It is my humble opinion, as a colorist and artist, that the yellow-greens just might be more sophisticated than the blue-greens… YMMV.
  • If you use greens that are deep, rich, and saturated, you are DEFINITELY telling your client that Mother Nature is what your business is all about: health, healthy foods, outdoor business, recreation, gardening/landscaping, forests, mountains.
  • If you use greens in very pale, muted tints, the feeling is the sophisticated CITY, not the country. It will also start looking a bit feminine. Or Martha Stewart-y.
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Some favorites of mine include:

  • natural Key lime green
  • Pakistani flag green
  • the 1950’s fashion color “serpent”: basically a black-green similar to the seaweed Nori that wraps sushi rolls.
  • avocado (I admit, I still love it, even after it was worn out in the 1960’s/70’s)
  • Eau-de-Nil…. That beautiful Gilded Age fashion color

You’ll notice I am partial to the yellow-greens, as opposed to the blue-greens. To me, yellow-greens are more sophisticated. YMMV.

YMMV

What are the right shades of green to use as a green screen?

Green screens don’t necessarily have to be green.

Green screens work via a chromakey or keying process that isolates a single color and electronically makes that color transparent so other images show through.

In Hollywood (and Bollywood!) other colored backdrops – usually blue – are used to get the same effect.

Any other color including red, purple, pink, or yellow can be used in place of a green screen, as long as the backdrop is smooth and free of shadows.

When using Showbox to create your video, you can choose any plain untextured wall as a background.

Our background replacement technology will do the rest. It works on the same principles as a green screen, but without a specific color is a requirement, and of course, without any special equipment you would need if you were to use a traditional green screen.

Consistancy is key… no pun intended. One accepted standard that is cheaper than Rosco or similar paints is a color called Gamma Sector Green.

It was a Disney paint color. Disney no longer has consumer paints, but Home Depot stores carry the formula, “DSN Gamma”. There was more than one mix of this… some look milky and a little yellow, which is wrong.

Savage makes photographic background paper called Stinger; this color is pretty much the same. Between paper, paint, and digital green textiles you can do a lot of things on a set.

Keying problems in post generally come from more than one green or usually from bad lighting/ exposure. People new to this tend to expose the green too bright.

If you are shooting Leprechauns, you will need blue screen instead.

Conclusion:

Well any shade of green will work good as long as the background color is consistence with no shadows or excess light.

Actually any color can be replaced with chroma-keying. But green is widely used as the objects in the front are more unlikely to match with green.

However, in cases where the foreground has a shade of green, other colors can be used for the background.

You can watch out a video I made with a green screen here…

What is the best shades of green for a green screen?

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