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Colour Theory

Presentation for Nat Graphics - Colour in Communication
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Graeme Colley

on 25 April 2014

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Transcript of Colour Theory

Primary Colours
Yellow
Secondary Colours
Orange
Purple
Green
Tertiary Colours
The Colour Wheel
Using Colour in Graphics
Red
Blue
Red-Orange
Yellow-Orange
Yellow-Green
Blue-Green
Blue-Purple
Red-Purple
Harmonising and Contrasting Colours
Contrast
Harmony
Contrast is created when colours far apart on the colour wheel are used together.
Contrasting colours are described as complementary
Harmony is created when colours close to each other on the outside of the colour wheel are used together.
The effect is relaxing and sympathetic
Shades and Tints
Shades
Add black or grey to make a shade
Dark shades make objects appear heavy

Tints
Add white to make a tint
Pale pastel colours give the
impression of softness

Colour and Mood
Cool colours (blues, greens and violets) are known as receding colours.
They appear to be further away from the viewer
Warm colours (reds, yellows and oranges) are known as advancing colours. They appear closer to the viewer than other colours
Warm Colours
Cool Colours
dramatic, elegant, stylish, pure, opposing
natural, earthy, safe
natural, restful, calm, dignified, comfortable
warm, happy, sunny, energy, cheerful
warm, happy, sunny, sparkling, bright, most easily seen
cool, restful, natural, calm, soothing, fresh
cool, elegant, heavenly, formal, classy
rich, pompous, regal, classy, peaceful, solitary
warm, exciting, passionate, dangerous, active, aggressive
Neutrals
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