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Transcript of Colour theory
Colour plays an important part in illustration and graphic design. Colour makes graphics look realistic and help create a mood or feeling. Graphic Communication Primary Colours Secondary Colours These three colours are made by mixing two primary colours in equal quantities.
They are Orange, Green and Purple. Tertiary Colours Tertiary colours are made when a primary colour and a secondary colour are mixed in equal quantity. They take their name from the two mixed colours, e.g. red and orange make red-orange The Colour Wheel The colour wheel was designed as a way of showing how colours relate to each other. The outside ring shows the three primary the three secondary and six tertiary colours. There are 3 primary colours
These three colours are used to
produce all other colours. Yellow Red Blue Harmony Harmony is created when colours close to each other on the colour wheel are used together. Harmony is easy on the eye. Contrast Contrast occurs when colours far apart on the colour wheel are used together . Contrast is eye-catching and makes objects stand out. Contrasting colours are described as complementary. Reds, yellows and oranges are warm colours, i.e. they give the feeling of warmth. They are also known as advancing colours because they appear to be closer to the viewer than other colours. For example, if you painted a room in these colors it would feel warm but also small. Warm Colours Cool Colours Blues, greens and violets do exactly the opposite. The give the feeling of being cold and are known as cool colours. They also appear to be further away and are called receding colours. For example, if you painted a room in these colours it would appear cold but would also feel bigger. colours and meaning Browns
Comfortable Neutrals Cool
classy Blue Warm
Most easily seen colour Yellow Warm
festive Red Dramatic
contrasting Black and White Cool
solitary Violet Purple Cool
Informal Green Orange Warm
Appetising- full of flavour and energy Rich
regal Add white to make a tint
Add black or grey to make a shade Tints and shades Graded tone Five flat tones How Strong or weak a colour is Tone Colours near each other will work (within a third of the colour wheel)
Any two colours which are opposite each other will work and make a bold statement.
Any three colours equally spaced in the colour wheel will work Tips for Choosing a colour scheme http://colorschemedesigner.com/ Click above to go to website