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Photoshop – Choosing the right color schemes

Choosing the right color schemes One of the biggest problems with creating a website is choosing what colors go to together. This process is actually very simple, you just have to know how to do it. There are three main types of colors: Primary, secondary, and tertiary.

Your primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. Your secondary colors are created by combining two of the primary colors together. Blue and red makes violet, blue and yellow makes green, and red and yellow makes orange.

So your secondary colors are green, violet, and orange. If you couldn’t guess how to find your tertiary colors, you combine your secondary colors with your primary colors. Hopefully it will be easy for you to figure out, because your teriary colors are as follows: Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green, and yellow-green.

Primary colors are the ultimate contrast of hue and have the greatest luminosity. Primaries are exuberant and decisive. Secondary colors are the second most contrast of hue, and are not as luminous as the primary colors. The farther away from the primary colors you go, the more the hue diminishes. Tertiary colors are not very distinct because they are further away from the primaries than the secondaries are.

Types of Color Schemes

Let us take a look at a color wheel.

Our first type of color scheme, or color harmony, is the complement. A complement is two colors directly opposite from one another, such as blue and orange, red and green, and violet and yellow.

Our next type of color harmony are analogous colors. Analogous colors are those adjacent to each other on the color wheel. For example, red to yellow or green to orange.

Our final color scheme is monochromatic. Monochromatic colors are produced when adding black or white to any of the three main types of colors. Adding black to a color will create a shade of that color. Adding white to a color will create a tint of that color.

Well that’s it, those are the three basic types of color schemes. If I can give you a piece of advice, it is to look around at all of your favorite designs (whether it is a website or a painting on a wall) and try to see what type of color scheme they used. Also, look at nature. Nature uses color better than anyone. Another suggestion: a basic rule of thumb is when using a three-tone scheme, meaning three colors, use one color for 60% of the work, use another color for 30%, and the final color for the remaining 10%. Thanks for your time!


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