The Color Wheel

Posted by | March 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

The color wheel is a great tool for creating color combinations. It is a circular arrangement of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. One half of the wheel is warm colors and the other half is cool colors.

Primary Colors

    • Red, Yellow, and Blue

Secondary Colors — Formed by mixing primary colors

  • Green, Orange, and Purple

Tertiary Colors — Formed by mixing a primary color and a secondary color

  • Yellow- Orange, Orange-Red, Red-Purple, Blue-Purple, and Blue-Green

The color wheel is a great tool for picking complimentary colors. If you pick two colors opposite each other, for example, green and red, they compliment each other. The green makes the red to appear more intense. These combinations are natural attention grabbers, and are especially useful in packaging and advertising.

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