Art Glossary: Tone or Value

Definition:

Tone is one of the basic elements of a painting and art. It refers to the lightness or darkness of a color, rather than what the actual color or hue is (e.g. cadmium red or Prussian blue).

Using a monochrome filter makes it easy to compare tones in a subject.

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