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Using Color in Communication Design Created by J. Shannon Info from “The Non-Designers Design Book” by Robin Williams, 3 rd edition, 2008
Review: Color Wheel Primary Colors –Red –Blue –Yellow
Review: Color Wheel Secondary Colors –Orange –Purple –Green
Review: Color Wheel Intermediate Colors –Yellow-Green –Blue-Green –Purple-Blue –Red-Purple –Red-Orange –Yellow Orange
Review: Color Wheel Relationships Complementary colors are the colors directly across from each other on the color wheel. The opposites or complmentaries –Blue and orange –Red and Green –Yellow and purple
Review: Color Wheel Relationships Triads are a set of three colors equidistant from each other on the wheel. Primary triad Secondary Triad All other triads have underlying colors that connect them which make them very visually pleasing.
Review: Color Wheel Relationships Split Triads are three colors. Choose a color from one side of the wheel, find it’s compliment directly across but use the two colors on each side of the compliment. Creates a more sophisticated look.
Review: Color Wheel Relationships Analogous Colors are the colors next to each other on the wheel.
Review: Color Wheel Relationships Hues, Shades and Tints The Hues are the pure colors Shades are the hues with black added Tints are the hues with white added
Review: Color Wheel Relationships Monochromatic Colors are the hues of one color and it’s corresponding tints and shades.
Tone Tone refers to the brightness or deepness of a color Two very similar tones can be hard to read in a text. Try not to bump tones up together and don’t use the same amounts of each.
Tone too Similar
Tones are Good
Warm & Cool Colors
Where to start when you are choosing colors Ask some of the following questions : –Is this a seasonal project? –Are there official company colors? –Does your project include a photograph or other image? –Choose a color from the image or photograph –If the project is over a long period, pick a color palet to refer to often –CMYK vs RGB
CMYK vs. RGB Print vs Web CMYK stands for Cyan (blue), Magenta (red), Yellow and the key color which is black. In ink you can print many thousands of colors Four-color process RGB stands for Red, Green and Blue and are the colors on your computer monitor, television, iphone etc.
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