I think the biggest thing that would benefit from the color test would be an explanation/examination on where artists made mistakes. For example:
Explanation of the scores (I got from scores from 5-14 which I couldn't know if it were good or bad)
A hue cube/color picker showing the differences in saturation and value between the guess and the actual color
Saving progress, seeing if there's improvement or not
Sorting images by difficulty, in my experience the more saturated and contrasting the image is, the more difficult it is to identify
More precision in the numbered circle, there were a couple of times where there was another different tone in the circle
Most digital artists tend to use the RGB mode, which acts more like traditional paint, the thing that threw me off a few times was the use of LAB color to value scale, here's where I color picked an exmaple.
I would've rated it much higher than 19 using my hue cube, so I picked closer to 50. Perhaps having the option to pick in terms of RGB mode would be much more useful and understandable.
More pure black and white images, at least to begin with [...] Lining the guess and actual values side to side, allowing a better view of the difference[
The last thing to consider is that values (and colors) are very interdependent and rely heavily on each other. It's not so much as the actual color/value itself, but the relationship between tones, hues, saturation, and temperatures that make a beautiful and believable image. Which I think you nailed it on the head with the colors portion, making you pick from a variety of sources in the image, perhaps you could implement that with picking just values as well?
a score below 2.3 is consider a match
For instance, when you pick a 50 value for that red on George Washington, that means you were going half of the max brightness of a fully saturated red. But in terms of actual value, a fully saturated red is about a 54. So in essence you weren't that far off, since half of 54 is 27, and that's pretty close to 19.
The reason I put the beta out is because I've been testing myself, and noticed something: I haven't been improving with the color picking quiz... As you well know, the appearance of a color depends so much on its surroundings, and so this color matching is leading people to make the same mistakes again and again
So while I think the color quiz looks and feels better to play, when it comes to actually improving color sense, I think the format of the value quiz is the way to go.
Erik wrote:Just wanted to drop a line and say that I've got a new version of the beta up on the web. There's a ten minute quiz up there if you want to give it a shot. Right now I'm doing testing with friends and family, but it's also important to me to get some people who are active artists, so if you do check it out, consider sending it to some of your artist friends? Thanks again.
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