Colour Theory!

What is Colour Theory?

Colour theory is a set of rules and principles used in art and design to create harmonious colour combinations that are pleasant to the eye. These are usually set out into a circle shape and consist of primary, secondary and tertiary colours.

Primary colours are the main colours and are usually seen as the parental colours of the colour spectrum. They are pure red, pure blue and pure yellow, these colours cannot be created by mixing any other colours together when referring to paint pigments.

Secondary colours are seen as the children of the primary colours because when you combine two primary colours, they will create a secondary colour. These are orange, purple and green.

Tertiary colours are seen as the grandchildren because they have primary and secondary colour genetics in their pigments. They are created when a primary colour is mixed with it’s nearest secondary colour; resulting in a tertiary colour. These are yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green and yellow-green.

All these result in 12 basic colours that allow you to mix and create an enormous amount of different colours.

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bibliography

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/01/28/color-theory-for-designers-part-1-the-meaning-of-color/

http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-theory-basics.html

http://www.color-wheel-artist.com/primary-colors.html

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~ by reeceharry on February 24, 2013.

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