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Colour Theory - N4/N5 Graphic Communication

Colour Theory suitable for a National 4/National 5 level.
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Mr O'Neill

on 7 September 2015

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Transcript of Colour Theory - N4/N5 Graphic Communication

C
L
O
U
R
THEORY
Primary Colours?
Red
Yellow
Blue
Secondary Colours?
Orange
Green
Violet
Tertiary Colours?
Tertiary colours are produced by evenly mixing a primary and a secondary colour. There are 6 tertiary colours in total.
Red-Orange
Yellow - Orange
Yellow - Green
Blue - Green
Blue - Violet
Red - Violet
The Colour Wheel
P
P
P
S
S
S
T
T
T
T
T
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Harmony and Contrast
Harmonising colours are colours which relate to each other and create a calm effect. They are found next to each other in the colour wheel.

For example: and
Yellow
Orange
Contrasting colours are colours which do not relate to each other and create a striking or clashing effect. They are found opposite each other in the colour wheel.

For example: and
Red
Green
O
H
H
C
C
Advancing and Receding Colours
Advancing colours are colours which appear to come towards you. They can make a room feel smaller. Advancing colours include , and
reds
oranges
yellows.
Receding colours are colours which appear to move away from you. They can make a room feel bigger. Receding colours include , and
greens
blues
violets.
Advancing Colours
Receding Colours
Warm and Cool Colours
Warm colours are vivid colours which make you feel cosy and warm! We associate them with things like fire and the sun. Warm colours tend to be the same as advancing colours e.g.
reds
oranges
Cool colours are calm and relaxing colours which make you feel chilled and relaxed. We associate them with things such as the sea and ice. Cool colours also tend to be receding colours e.g
blues
greens
Warm Colours
Cool Colours
Colours are often associated with certain ideas and feelings. This can be used to your advantage when working with colour.
Colour Association
Red
Yellow
Blue
Black
White
Orange
Green
Violet
Anger
Love
Heat
Power
Exciting
Bright
Sunny
Happy
Vibrant
Cool
Tints and Shades
A tint is created by adding white to a colour. Tints are thought to be softer or lighter.
A shade is created by adding black to a colour. Shades are thought to be darker or heavy looking.
Tints
Shades
Danger
Fire
Peace
Sky
Calm
Sea
Hope
Cheer
Fruitfullness
Energy
Intensity
Power
Blood
Fresh
Jealousy
Growth
Health
Nature
Royalty
Wealth
Luxury
Dreams
Faith
Strength
Evil
Authority
Decay
Death
Clouds
Weddings
Purity
White
Snow
Snow
Shades
Tints
This is called a
Tonal Scale.
Red
This
DOES NOT
count as a tonal scale...
and
and
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