The color wheel

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The color wheel

  1. 1. The colorwheel is a chartof colors of thevisiblespectrum thatis used to showhow colorsrelate to eachother.
  2. 2.  In1666, Sir Isaac Newton’s experiments with light helped him begin his invention for the first color wheel when he passed a beam of sunlight through a prism.
  3. 3. The findings: All color is contained withinwhite light. When light passes through acrystal prism, it is dispersed into thespectrum’s range of visible colors.
  4. 4. Newton was able toshow the naturalsequence of color byjoining the two ends ofthe color spectrumtogether.
  5. 5.  The modern color wheel does not show the full gradation in the spectrum. It shows the whole thing broken up into 12 segments.
  6. 6. INFINITE COLORS Inreality, the segments actually smear into one another so we have an infinite number of colors.
  7. 7.  Some color wheels show the progression across the middle to a complete neutral in the middle.
  8. 8. The color wheelis made up ofthree PRIMARYcolors, threeSECONDARYcolors, and sixTERTIARYcolors.
  9. 9. YouCANNOTmake thethreeprimarycolors! YouMUST buythem.
  10. 10. You make thesecondarycolors bymixing two ofthe primarycolorstogether.
  11. 11.  Whatprimary colors do you mix to make orange? Whatprimary colors do you mix to make green? What primary colors do you mix to make violet?
  12. 12. Tertiary colorsare created bycombining equalparts of theprimary andsecondary colorsthat are closestto their sides.
  13. 13.  It is important to note that the primary color name comes first in the tertiary name. • Red-violet • Red-orange • Yellow-green • Yellow-orange • Blue-violet • Blue-green
  14. 14. Youcan mix any color of the rainbow by mixing with the three primary colors!
  15. 15. Color + White= TINT
  16. 16. Color + Black= SHADE
  17. 17. Color + gray= TONE
  18. 18. Reds, orangesand yellows areconsideredwarm colors.Blues, greens,and violets areconsidered coolcolors.
  19. 19.  Warm colors are vivid and energetic, and tend to advance in space.
  20. 20.  Cool colors give an impression of calm, and create a soothing impression. Cool colors tend to retreat/recede in space.
  21. 21.  Colors opposite of each other on the color wheel.
  22. 22.  The split-complementary color scheme is a variation of the complementary color scheme. In addition to the base color, it uses the two colors adjacent to its complement.
  23. 23.  These are colors next to each other on the color wheel. They usually create harmonious combinations.
  24. 24. A triadic color scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel.
  25. 25. A monochromatic scheme involves onecolor mixed with a variety of tints, shades, and tones.

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