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What is "color"?

  • That aspect of objects that is caused by differing qualities of the light reflected or emitted by them, definable in terms of the observer or of the light, as:

  • The appearance of objects or light sources described in terms of the individual's perception of them, involving hue, lightness, and saturation for objects and hue, brightness, and saturation

  • The characteristics of light by which the individual is made aware of objects or light sources through the receptors of the eye, described in terms of dominant wavelength, luminance, and purity.

  • A substance, such as a dye, pigment, or paint that imparts a hue.

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Understanding Color

Color is crucial to visual communication. It's a basic property of light. It captures your eye. It touches your heart. It moves you subtly. Irrespective of the nationality, language or religion, color is, indeed, an important part of our lives.

The color Wheel is a visual aid in helping us understand the principles of color. It describes the relationships between colors. It is also an excellent tool to help create harmonious color schemes for painting, interior decorating, and commercial color applications.



Primary Colors

At the core of the color wheel are three primary colors - Red, Yellow and Blue. The primary colors are unique and cannot be created by mixing any other colors. When mixing these 3 color hues, at least in theory, all the other hues of the color wheel, including black can be created.


Color Associations

Primaries form the ultimate contrast of hue and the greatest luminosity. Primaries express fundamental qualities, folk art, embroidery, costumes, etc. They are exuberant, decorative, tonic, vigorous, decisive.

Secondary Colors

Next on the color wheel are the secondary or complementary colors. Three secondary colors are produced from the mixing of one primary color with another. These colors are Orange-Green-Violet.

Color Associations

Secondaries form the second most contrast of hue. The intensity of colors diminishes as hues are further away from the primaries.

Tertiary Colors

Tertiary colors are created by mixing one secondary and one primary color. E.g. blue + violet = blueviolet.

Three or more separate colors are mixed (one primary and one secondary - the combination of two primaries), and in the color wheel each tertiary color being created will be an equal combination of the two colors, left and right, one being a primary and the other, a secondary. The tertiary colors are yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green and yellow-green.

Color Associations

Tertiary colors have less distinctive color contrasts and often imply the concrete, mundane, and earthly simplicity. They are associated with cosmic universality, celestial, medieval manuscripts, stained glass, other religious art.



Optics - Color Vision

Contrasting colors are separated by two or three colors on the wheel and create bold, vivid images. They have a huge impact on the appearance of the main color. Here, the middle squares are actually the same shade of red. Setting one against a green background makes it seem redder than the square set against orange.

The colors opposite to each other on a color wheel are complementary colors while analogous colors lie adjacent to each other on the wheel. Complementary colors (blue and orange) create exciting, even vibrating, effects. In contrast, an analogous color harmony (blue and blue-green) is less vivid, even calming.

Color Speak

Hue: Undiluted colors, the true colors of the spectrum

Color: Any color or shade

Saturation: Brightness of a color

Value: Lightness and darkness of a color

Brilliance: Lightness of a color

Tint: A color with the presence of white; lighter shade of a color. E.g. Pink is a tint of red.

Shade: A color with the presence of black; darker shade of a color. E.g. Navy is a shade of blue.



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