THE COLOR WHEEL
A color wheel is the spectrum bent into a circle. It is a useful tool
for organizing colors.The Color Wheel describes the relationships between
colors. It is laid out so that any two PRIMARY COLORS (red, yellow, blue)
are separated by the SECONDARY COLORS (orange, violet, and green).
There are three primary colors; red, blue, and yellow. Primary colors
are hues which can be mixed to create all other colors.
Primary Colors are basic and cannot be mixed from other elements. They
are to color what prime numbers are to mathematics. One can mix two primaries
to get a Secondary Color. You will notice that each Secondary Color on the
Color Wheel is bounded by two primaries. These are the components that one
would mix to get that Secondary Color.
There are three secondary colors; green, orange, and violet. Secondary
colors are the hues between the primary hues on the color wheel. the secondary
hues are create by mixing two primary hues. To get orange, you mix equal
parts of red and yellow. To get Violet, you mix equal parts of red and blue.
To get green, you mix equal parts of blue and yellow.
Complimentary colors. Complimentary colors are colors that are across
from each other on the color wheel. Violet and yellow are complimentary,
Blue and orange are complimentary, and red and green are complimentary.
Color Complements are color opposites. These colors contrast each other
in the most extreme way possible. They also help to make each other more
Intermediate colors.There are six intermediate colors, red-orange, red-violet,
blue-violet , blue-green, yellow-green, yellow-orange. These colors are
created by mixing a secondary color with a primary color.
Color has three properties:
1. Hue. Hue is the name of a color, such as red, blue, or yellow.
2. Value. Value is the lightness or darkness of a hue (color). The value
of a hue can be changed by adding black or white.
3. Intensity. Intensity is the brightness or dullness of a hue (color).
Pure hues are high-intensity colors. Dull hues are low-intensity colors.
Warm colors. Warm colors express warmth; they are red, yellow and orange.
Cool colors. Cool colors have the feel of being cold or cool; they are
blue, violet and green.