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Color Theory<br />
What is color?<br />A ray of light is the source of all color<br />It is perceived by the eye and interpreted by the brain...
What is Color Theory?<br />A system of rules and guidance for mixing various colors, in order to:<br />Create visually ple...
The Color Wheel<br />The basic tool we use when working with color<br />
Primary Colors<br />Red, Yellow & Blue<br />
Secondary Colors<br />Orange, green and purple<br />Made by mixing equal amounts of two primary colors<br />
Tertiary Colors<br />Red-orange, red-violet, blue-green, blue-violet, yellow-green, and yellow-orange<br />Made by mixing ...
Neutral Colors<br />Are colors not found on the color wheel<br />White, black, grey, brown, beige, tan, and cream<br />
Warm Colors<br />Reds, yellows, and oranges<br />Create feelings of warmth, activity, and excitement<br />
Cool Colors<br />Blues, purples, and greens<br />Create feelings of coolness, calmness, and relaxation<br />
Warm and Cool Colors<br />
Color Harmony<br />Harmony can be defined as a pleasing arrangement of parts, whether it is music, poetry, color, or even ...
Analogous Colors<br />Any three colors which are side by side on the 12 part color wheel<br />Usually one of the color pre...
Complementary colors <br />Any two colors which are directly opposite each other, such as red and green and red-purple, an...
Conclusion<br />Color theory<br />Color wheel<br />Primary, Secondary, & Tertiary colors<br />Neutral, Warm & Cool colors<...
Lindsey M. Shepard<br />Graduate Student<br />The University of Southern Mississippi<br />lindsey.shepard@eagles.usm.edu<b...
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Color Theory

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Brief overview of color theory, the color wheel, and color harmony

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Color Theory

  1. 1. Color Theory<br />
  2. 2. What is color?<br />A ray of light is the source of all color<br />It is perceived by the eye and interpreted by the brain<br />It is an internal sensation expressed when colored light waves stimulate the eye<br />
  3. 3. What is Color Theory?<br />A system of rules and guidance for mixing various colors, in order to:<br />Create visually pleasing designs<br />Produce maximum readability & clarity<br />Use cultural associations to effect meaning<br />
  4. 4. The Color Wheel<br />The basic tool we use when working with color<br />
  5. 5. Primary Colors<br />Red, Yellow & Blue<br />
  6. 6. Secondary Colors<br />Orange, green and purple<br />Made by mixing equal amounts of two primary colors<br />
  7. 7. Tertiary Colors<br />Red-orange, red-violet, blue-green, blue-violet, yellow-green, and yellow-orange<br />Made by mixing an equal amount of a primary color and a secondary color<br />
  8. 8. Neutral Colors<br />Are colors not found on the color wheel<br />White, black, grey, brown, beige, tan, and cream<br />
  9. 9. Warm Colors<br />Reds, yellows, and oranges<br />Create feelings of warmth, activity, and excitement<br />
  10. 10. Cool Colors<br />Blues, purples, and greens<br />Create feelings of coolness, calmness, and relaxation<br />
  11. 11. Warm and Cool Colors<br />
  12. 12. Color Harmony<br />Harmony can be defined as a pleasing arrangement of parts, whether it is music, poetry, color, or even an ice cream sundae.<br />Something pleasing to the eye<br />Engages the viewer and creates a sense of order – balance<br />If it’s not harmonious – it’s boring!<br />However, too much can be chaotic – the viewer can’t stand to look at it!<br />
  13. 13. Analogous Colors<br />Any three colors which are side by side on the 12 part color wheel<br />Usually one of the color predominates<br />
  14. 14. Complementary colors <br />Any two colors which are directly opposite each other, such as red and green and red-purple, and yellow-green.<br />Here there are several variations of yellow-green in the leaves and several variations of red-purple in the orchid. These opposing colors create maximum contrast and maximum stability.<br />
  15. 15. Conclusion<br />Color theory<br />Color wheel<br />Primary, Secondary, & Tertiary colors<br />Neutral, Warm & Cool colors<br />Color Harmony<br />Analogous & Complementary colors<br />
  16. 16. Lindsey M. Shepard<br />Graduate Student<br />The University of Southern Mississippi<br />lindsey.shepard@eagles.usm.edu<br />

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