Exercise 03.06: Albers’ Figure Ground


The goal of this exer­cise is to under­stand the media spe­cific attrib­utes of addi­tive and sub­trac­tive color in the pro­duc­tion environment.


The objec­tive is to cre­ate sim­i­lar RGB and CMYK ver­sions of Joseph Albers’ fig­ure-ground rel­a­tiv­ity of color project.



Cre­ate an 11 x 17 in CMYK doc­u­ment in Adobe Illus­tra­tor using the pro­vided tem­plate. Using the color palette, edit the file to cre­ate a com­po­si­tion in which the same cen­ter color appears as two on dif­fer­ent back­grounds. On the sec­ond set of squares, cre­ate a com­po­si­tion in which two dif­fer­ent col­ors appear the same. Care­fully doc­u­ment these color spec­i­fi­ca­tions on the template.

Repeat the steps above using a new doc­u­ment set in RGB mode. Do not resave the file and con­vert it, but reap­prox­i­mate the col­ors from the beginning.

Save both files as PDFs and place them in the appro­pri­ate D2L drop­box. Print both files as well.


  • The fol­low­ing rubric posted on D2L will deter­mine exer­cise score: Exer­cise Grading


com­puter, Adobe Illus­tra­tor, Acro­bat Dis­tiller, tem­plate files


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