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In visual art, a tint of a color is a lightened version of that color. For example, pink is a tint of red. A tint changes only the value of the color but not the hue.

Examples of tints:


In photography and rendered art, tints are created whenever a surface is brighty lit. The changes in brightness on the surface of an object tell the viewer about the angle of the surface towards the light source, and therefore about the roundness and three-dimensional shape of the object. For more on this, see light and shade.


A (specular) highlight is an area in an image that is bright (white or nearly white) because it reflects a light source. Specular highlights are a typical characteristic of rounded objects with shiny surfaces.


Image illustrating the colorization of a drawing. Step 5 shows adding tints and highlights.

Tints and highlights are important whenever an artist strives for realism in a picture. Tints can be created (in painting or computer graphics) by mixing a color with white. In drawing with solid color (e.g. crayons), tints can be created by applying less pressure, or by hatching lighter. In watercolor and drawing with a brush and ink, a tint is created by reducing the concentration of the pigment in water. Highlights, such as to create the impression of a shiny surface, can be achieved by painting with white or a tint of the surface's color.

In printing, a tint is created by printing ink in a pattern of dots, which lightens the apparent color of the ink. This is also referred to as screening the color. In printing, tints are usually specified as a percentage, for example a 20% tint. Tints of black result in shades of grey, for example a 50% grey.

Tints are also sometimes called pastels because in pastel sticks, pigments are often mixed with white chalk, which results in typical light 'pastel' colors.

The opposite of tint is shade.

See also [ Colors ]

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