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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Color Theory Made Easy (Color Theory 101)

Primary Colors

There are the Primary Colors, which are the foundation colors that cannot be made from mixing any other colors together. The Primary Colors are YELLOWP, REDP, and BLUEP.

Then there are the Secondary Colors, which is made by mixing equal parts of two Primary Colors. YELLOWP mixed with REDP makes ORANGES, REDP mixed with BLUEP makes VIOLETS, and YELLOWP mixed with BLUEP makes GREENS.
Secondary Colors

Tertiary Color, Yellow-Green
And we can’t forget about Tertiary Colors, which are made by mixing equal parts of Secondary Colors and its neighboring Primary Color on the Color WheelF1. For example if we mix GREENS with YELLOWP we name it YELLOW-GREENT; with the Primary Color name first then the Secondary Color last.

F1 Color Wheel

Primary and Secondary colors that are directly opposite each other on the Color WheelF2 are called complementary colors. Also when mixed they cancel each other out to create a neutral Brown or Gray Color. When you place complementary colors next to each other, each color makes the other look brighter, 
making a greater contrast.

The use of complementary color will emphasize your eye color, making your eyes stand out and appear brighter.
F2 Complementary Colors 

 WARM COLORS are the range from yellow and gold through the orange, red-orange, most reds, and even some yellow-greens. COOL COLORS Suggest coolness and are dominated by blue, greens, violets, and blue-reds. You will notice that reds can be both warm and cool. If the red is orange-based, it is warm. If it is blue-based, it is a cool. Green is similar: if a green contains more gold. It is warm; if it contains more blue, it is cool.

Okay I think I covered most if not all of it, but if I did leave anything out, please let me know ^_^

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