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The Color Wheel

A simple, very simple, description of color theory.
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Angel Monzon

on 15 July 2016

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Transcript of The Color Wheel

Basics of Color Theory
The color Wheel
Primary Colors
Primary colors are the 3 pigment colors that can not be mixed or formed by any combination of other colors. All other colors are derived from these 3 hues.
Color theory includes a multitude of definitions, concepts and design applications however, there are three basic categories of color theory that are logical and useful:
The color wheel
color harmony,
The context in which colors are used.
A color circle, based on red, yellow and blue, is traditional in the field of art, Sir Isaac Newton developed the first circular diagram of colors in 1666.
Red, yellow and blue

Secondary Colors:
These are the colors formed by mixing the primary colors.
red, yellow, blue, green, orange and purple
Color Harmony:
Color harmony engages the viewer and it creates an inner sense of order or balance within the composition.
When something is not harmonious, it's either boring or chaotic.
Basics of Color Theory
Tertiary Colors:
These are the colors formed by mixing a primary and a secondary color. That's why the hue is a two word name, such as blue-green, red-violet, and yellow-orange.
Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green & yellow-green
Color Wheel
Analogous color harmony
Observing the effects colors have on each other is the starting point for understanding the relativity of color.
Color Context:
Two colors, side by side, interact with one another and change our perception accordingly. The effect of this interaction is called simultaneous contrast.
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