What is the colour wheel?

What is the colour wheel? How to use a colour wheel

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Colour is a major influence in any design. Whether it be in print or on screen.

It is hugely important that you understand the basics of colour before you get into the task of putting your designs together. The starting point of any learning journey with colour is the colour wheel. It is a foundation element that takes you onto the more complex areas of colour theory.

In the video below, I will show you how the colour wheel works and talk about primary, secondary and tertiary colours.

What is the colour wheel?

Video Transcription:

Hey folks and welcome along to my first video on colour fundamentals.

Hey and welcome along to my first video in my colour fundamentals series. Today we’re going to be talking about the colour wheel. Now you may remember the colour wheel from when you were at school. We were all taught that in early art classes.

The thing is though we tend to forget these things, so it’s often good to go back to basics and work our way up. That’s what we’re going to do today. The first thing that we’re going to talk about in the colour wheel are the primary colours. Now the primary colours are red, yellow and blue and you can’t create these colours from any other colour. They are the base of your colour wheel.

The next stage of colours are what are known as the secondary colours. These can be created by mixing primary colours. If we took red and yellow, we would make orange. Whilst blue and yellow would make green and red and blue creates purple.

Where do we go from there, well we then start to mix primary and secondary colours and these give us the tertiary colours. If we took yellow and mixed it with orange, we would get amber. If we mix purple with blue, we get indigo and so on, as we can see here from the graphic on the screen.

What about brown I hear you ask. Well to get brown, what you need to do is mix all three of the primary colours, the red, the yellow and the blue. To get different levels of brown, all you do is adjust the amount of red you have in the mix or the amount of yellow or the amount of blue. It’s as simple as that.

That’s it for this part of the colour fundamental series, the colour wheel. In the next video we’re going to talk about tints, shades and tones. Until then make sure you subscribe to my channel, give this video a “like” and maybe even leave a comment. Until next time, stay creative.

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