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Transcript of Colour Theory
The Colour Wheel
Using Colour in Graphics
Harmonising and Contrasting Colours
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
Add black or grey to make a shade
Dark shades make objects appear heavy
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
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