College day one

This week, looking at colours with design in mind…

The most basic colour wheel comprises of the 3 primary colours; red, blue, yellow.

secondary colours are when you mix two primary together…
orange = red+yellow
purple = red+blue
green = blue+yellow

Tertiary colours are when you mix a primary and a secondary colour together. for example red-orange.

Black and White are different from other colours as they are not in fact classed as colours…

White or light is seen as the absence of colour i.e. a blank canvas or scientifically white is all the colours of the colour wheel mixed together.

Black is the absolute absence of light and as colour is light… black is  not a colour.

Using colours together and colour harmony

when using colours together you have to be very careful not to make your designs look garish or over the top. Here are some basic guidelines you can follow;

Multi-Coloured
here is an example of a web site with a multi-coloured colour scheme…
multi

Complementary colours are colours which appear at absolute opposite ends of the colour wheel.
here is an example of a web site with a complementary colour scheme, blue and orange being complimentary…
complimentary

Monochromatic colours are all the different shades of a single colour.
here is an example of a web site with a monochromatic colour scheme…
mono

these are all just guidelines but if you bear them in mind they can be very helpful when putting together a  colour scheme for a web page or design.

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