The third Tutorial is Using The Colour Wheel, giving you an insight into how to use the wheel to help you choose colours for your designs.
Using a Colour Wheel
Using a Colour wheel will help you mix and match colours and help you select a colour scheme that will compliment and tone. It is quite easy to use and if you right click on the main image below you will be able to save this to your computer to refer to for future use.
Red, Yellow and Blue are the primary colors. These are the three basic colors that are used to mix all hues.
Orange, Green and Purple are the secondary colors. They are achieved by mixing two primary colors together.
Tertiary colors are more complex hues that are achieved by mixing primary and a secondary colors that are adjacent on the colour wheel.
OPPOSITE and COMPLEMENTARY COLORS
Opposite colors are diagonally opposite one another on the color wheel. You can work out the opposite color to any primary color by taking the other two primaries and mixing them together. The result will be its opposite or ‘complementary’ color.
Analogous colors sit next to one another on the color wheel. These colors are in harmony with one another.
Some Formulas for Color Harmony
There are many theories for harmony. The following illustrations and descriptions present some basic formulas .
A color scheme based on analogous colors
Analogous colors are any three colors which are side by side on a 12 part color wheel, such as yellow-green, yellow, and yellow-orange. Usually one of the three colors predominates.
A color scheme based on complementary colors
Complementary colors are any two colors which are directly opposite each other, such as red and green and red-purple and yellow-green. In the illustration above, the opposing colors create maximum contrast.
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