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Understanding colour instability with light and colour placement

1 formal CPD point

In collaboration with:

Ana Saiao, Trainer

With over 20 years of experience teaching and developing educational content, Ana finally found her calling by helping other creatives build and expand their skills and expertise in the colour design industry.

What you will learn

The aim of this course is to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to anticipate the changes that occur when colours are seen under different lighting conditions or different placements relative to one another. This will prevent costly mistakes during the colour design process.

After completing the course you will be able to:

-Understand why colour change occurs

-Understand how colour perception changes with direct and indirect light

-Anticipate changes that occur under direct and indirect light

-Understand how colour placement can affect the way we perceive colour

-Anticipate and prevent changes that occur with different colour placement


About the course

Course Duration

Online and self-paced /

9 lesson course completed in a maximum span of 6 months


Online course content with live monthly coaching calls conducted in an interactive classroom-style 


One-off payment of $99

  • What you will get

    Monthly coaching calls

    You will have assess to live interactive classroom-style monthly coaching calls during a 6 month period to answer all your questions regarding the course. The coaching calls will also be recorded inside our exclusive Facebook community 'The Circle'.

    Lifetime access to a community of like-minded professionals

    During the 6 month period you will have access to our closed Facebook community 'The Circle' where you can get support from your peers and your trainer. After completing the course you can join our community of graduate students in 'ColourTalks'. The support you have from us will be for life!


    Consolidate your knowledge through the discussion of relevant case-studies.

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    Course Curriculum

    This course has 9 video lessons which are recorded and lasts a maximum of 7 minutes. You need to commit at least 1 hour of your time to successfully complete the course and get your certificate of completion.

    • LESSON 1

    • Why colour change occurs

    • LESSON 2

    • Colour perception and direct light

    • LESSON 3

    • Colour perception and indirect light

    • LESSON 4

    • Metamerism and light filters

    • LESSON 5

    • Placement and colour change: ground and carried colours & state of equilibrium

    • LESSON 6

    • Placement and colour change:  Simultaneous contrast

    • LESSON 7

    • Placement and colour change: Complementary contrast

    • LESSON 8

    • Placement and colour change: Ground subtraction

    • LESSON 9

    • Case-studies


    "Ana is such an inspiring and nurturing teacher and the curriculum is aligned with exactly what is needed to successfully enter the colour consulting industry or even start your own business."

    Miriam Ragen - Mim Ragen Colour Consultancy

    "I have not seen any other course offering like it. There is so much hands on learning, giving students the most valuable skills and knowledge for colour consulting, styling and business to be at the top of their game.

    Kim Passmore - The Coastal Home

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is the refund policy?

    • We don't offer refunds for this course.

    • Are there any assessments?

    • Yes. There is a quiz at the end of the course. In order to pass you must attain a score of at least 50%.

    • When do I get a certificate of completion?

    • A certificate will be issued within 48h after completing all lessons in the course and passing the assessment.

    • Who is this course for?

    • This course is for any professional who is looking to up-skill their knowledge in colour design. 

    • Do I have access to the slides of each lesson?

    • Yes. We provide a handout (pdf) for the course that has all the slides for all the lessons. We advise our students to print out the document before they start the course so they can take notes. 

    • What sort of questions can I ask on the coaching calls?

    • You can clarify any topic discussed in the course as well as ask questions that come up on your day-to-day work life that also relate to the topic. We also welcome any relevant case-studies!

      We ask our students to send us all their questions by email at least 24 hours before the monthly coaching call.  

    • What if I miss a coaching call?

    • It is okay if you miss any of the monthly coaching calls. The coaching calls will be recorded inside our exclusive Facebook community 'The Circle' so you can listen to the discussion anytime.

    • Do I have access to the coaching calls after the 6 month period?

    • You have free access to the coaching calls for a 6 month period. Once the course is completed you can continue the coaching calls by paying a monthly subscription fee of $4.99. You will be able to cancel your subscription any time.

    • Do I have access to the lessons after the 6 months period?

    • You only have free access to the learning platform for the maximum duration of the course (6 months). 

    • What are the course requirements?

    • It is advisable that you understand the basic concepts of colour harmony (p.e. how to check the saturation of a colour, how to identify a colour family, etc) before starting this course. You should also be able to know how to use a grey scale tool. 

      If you don't meet those prerequisites we recommend the course 'How to create a harmonious colour scheme - the science behind colour'.

    • What if I decide to do the other course in bundle 1 (Colour Essentials)?

    • If you decide to do the other course in the bundle we will offer you the bundle 1 discount (20% off) and we will extend your access to the coaching calls for an extra 6 months (12 months in total). 

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