Basics of Color Theory

An ability to work with color and make good color choices is not a God-given ability as many people think. Take a little time to inform yourself about the basics of color theory and it will transform the way you think and look at color forever. There is lot’s of theory but even people that are professional designers, use only 20% of all the theory in their daily work, and most of that knowledge is simply the¬†Basics of Color Theory. So let’s get in to it.

The Color Wheel

The Color Wheel is a diagram that represents all the colors that are visible to the human eye, arranged in a circle. In Fine Art classes teachers often use the Color Wheel to help students figure out how to mix paint and get the desired hue. Designers use it to choose the appropriate combination of colors. There are multiple uses of this tool, but the most basic is to find contrasting or complimentary colors.

A contrasting color is an opposite of a certain color. It’s on the opposite side of the color wheel.

A complementary color is a hue that is similar to a given color and will easily blend in a harmonious way with the first color.

You can use this online color wheel tool, to play around and understand the color wheel better, or even choose a palette of colors for your next design project.

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