Ah...the joy of color!
The Color wheel
The Primary Colors:
a set of colors from which other colors are made
The Secondary Colors:
a set of colors made from primary colors
The Tertiary Colors:
a set of colors made from the combination of one pirmary and one secondary color
i.e. blue-green, red-orange, blue-violet etc.
Colors are either warm or cool:
Warm colors tend to move forward in space, while cool colors receede.
Hue is the name of a color:
"Cadmium Red Medium"
Straight "from the tube" colors are at thier highest Saturation.
Colors are manipulated in a varitey of ways to take the level of saturation down.
Tints, Tones, Shades
Tints are any color plus white:
Shades are any color plus black:
(Tones are any color plus grey)
Complimentary Colors are colors opposite one another on the color wheel. The three main pairs of compliments are:
When placed together, they produce an intense relationship.
Analogous colors are any 3 colors next to one another on the color wheel:
This produces a very harmonious relationship.
Monochromatic is any color plus its variations produced using black,white, and/or grey