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What Is Color? : Page 5

Color is the byproduct of the spectrum of light, as it is reflected or absorbed, as received by the human eye and processed by the human brain.


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Color Categories on the Color Wheel
Color wheels groups colors in ways that can be the start of a palette.

A color wheel arranges colors around the edges of a circle and each color has a relationship to each other. The relationships are actually based on the physics of lightwaves, but a visual circle is much easier to use!

Colors can be be placed into categories such as complementary, split-complementary, triad, analogous and temperature to describe how two or three colors relate to each other on the color wheel.



Complementary colors opposite each other provide high color contrast. If you stare at a color then look away at a blank wall, you'll see an afterimage in the color's complementary color.
Split-Complementary colors are those on either side of the complementary color. They contrast, but not as strongly as complementary colors.
Triad colors equidistant provide a balanced color scheme and can be a good place to start exploring palettes.
Analogous colors are those adjacent to each other on the wheel. These colors share enough common attributes that they can work well with each other ... although they provide little contrast.


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