Color Theory 103 – Color Harmony

Color Theory 103 – Color Harmony

Moving on to lesson three! If you haven’t been following this series you should absolutely click through to Pippin Poppycock’s website and start.

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So we touched upon the basic of how a color wheel is made in lesson 101 and how to make a a gradient and blend in lesson 102.. This week we will look at how to use the wheel to pick complimentary colors.

Here we have the basic 12 hues of the color wheel.

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Lets start with the easiest. The color wheel has 2 sides Warm colors and Cold colors.

Warm colors mix Warm Colors

Cool Colors mix Cold Colors

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Complimentary
colors in theory are those which are directly opposite each other on the wheel. Designers when using (2) complimentary colors tend to use one dominant color for the background and the other to highlight the most important elements.

Complimentary Colors
Here are a few possible combinations

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Analogous
Colors are those colors which lie on either side of any given color. These usually match well and create a serene and comfortable design

Amalogous Colors
Here are a few…

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Color Theory 102 – Blends Gradients and Ombre

Color Theory 102 – Blends Gradients and Ombre

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Monochromatic Scheme is the technical term for blends, Gradients and ombre’s

In lesson 101 “The basics” we touched up on Tones, Tints and Shades. These elements of color theory are the basis to creating blends, Gradients and Ombre effects.

Think of Blends Gradients and Ombre as cake recipe, you start of with your dry ingredients and slowly add you wet ingredients, the more wet ingredients added the thinner/lighter the mixture becomes the more dry ingredients added the thicker/heavy the mixture becomes

As we learned in lesson 101, a tint is made by taking a hue and added white to it giving us a tint of color. To create a gradient we simply keep add increasing amounts of white.
Here is an example by taking Red and adding increasing amounts white to create a gradient effect
Tint Blend
The same goes for Tones by adding increasing amounts of Grey

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Color Theory – Basics 101

Color Theory – Basics 101

Pippin Poppycock’s new color theory classes have started! Make sure you head over and get on her emailing list so you don’t miss out on this awesome, free course on color theory!

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Color Theory – Basics 101

I will try my best to keep this as simple as possible and not bog you down with technical information.

In this lesson we will look at the  basics of mixing colors and how the color wheel works. We will take a gander at the Primary, Second and intermediate colors, also touch up  on Hues, Tones, Tints and Shades. Once you have a better understanding of these elements you can start to see how colors work with one another.

So what is a color wheel …. A color wheel or color circle is the organization of color hues around a circle, which shows the relationships between primary colors, secondary colors, tertiary colors  Understanding the basic of a color wheel is the foundation to picking complimentary colors.

There are 12 basic hues to a color wheel.

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There are three primary colors, Yellow, Blue and…

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