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Color Wheel

The Color Wheel

We have already learnt in traditional color theory about primary, secondary and tertiary colors, we will now explore today’s conventional 12-hue color wheel of pigments.

Picture – The 12 Hue Color Wheel in segments, a tool to use when selecting color schemes.

The 12 Hue Color Wheel in segments, a tool to use when selecting color schemes.

Color Terms

Picture  –(Left to right) Tint, Shade and Hue

Hue – is the name of a color, i.e. blue or green, it is the distinctive wavelength of a color.

Tint – Color with white added, describes the range from a pure hue to white.

Shade – Color with black added, indicates the range from a pure hue to black.

Tone – Color with grey added, these are the range from a pure hue to grey.

(Left to right) Tint, Shade and Hue

Saturation (Chroma) – is the measure of intensity or purity of a color.

Value – is the degree of lightness or darkness of a color. The intensity, chroma, or saturation. It is known as brightness when using light mixtures, and when using pigments, it can be altered by adding black or white.

How to use the Color Wheel

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