Colour Theory – Study Notes

Colour wheel

It’s a grey day today, drizzling with rain and cold. And why is it that Winter clothes all seem to be so dark and dreary… I might have to go an get myself a bright pink coat or something to add a bit of colour to my Winter days… For now though I thought I’d post a few notes on colour theory for a little escape from the grey…

  • One of the main elements of graphic design.
  • Use of colour influenced by popular culture and trends.
  • Hue – Another word for colour.
  • Tone – Brightness, tint or shade of colour.
  • Additive Primary Colours – Red, green and blue – together form white.
  • Subtractive Primary Colours – Cyan, magenta and yellow – together form black.
  • RGB – Additive primary colour model. Used for digital and electronic displays.
  • CMYK – Subtractive primary colour model. Used for print.
  • Tints – Colours with white added.
  • Shades – Colours with black added.
  • Neutral Colours – Greys, blacks and whites.
  • Warm Colours – Reds, oranges and yellows.
  • Cool Colours – Blues, greens and purples.
  • Saturation – Purity of a colour with an absence of black, white or grey.

 Stay warm πŸ™‚


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