It’s been a while I know but here is my way of making my color palettes for weddings or parties or even for websites. I have many people ask me how I get to my color palettes, well I use Illustrator, but here is another way to get the color palette that you like. If you like you can download the PDF here.
Since I having internet at home doing my blog is much more enjoyable. Love it. I know to many it might sound weird that I would start a blog with internet at home, but I made it work and now with much trial and error I can truly say I know what works and what doesn’t. I also know that if you really want to, you can do anything, even start a blog with NO internet connection.
Today I tried my hand at social icon design. I used one of colors I made in my series on Color Basics: The Color Wheel
Click here if you would like to download it. I hope you enjoy it.
This is the third instalment of the Color Basics series that I am doing. Once you have this knowledge, it’s easy to start putting colors together and to see what works and what doesn’t work at all. What I have learnt is that nature offers great color combinations, all you have to do it look around you. In the previous two we have spoken about the color wheel and in our color wheel we have 12 basic colors, which are divided into 3 primaries, 3 secondaries and 6 tertiary colors. From there we learnt the different color temperatures i.e. warm and cool colors, and how in those sections we have blues, greens, reds, oranges yellow and purples (as they were named).
Warm and Cool Colors
In part 1 I spoke about the color wheel and the different sections: primary, secondary and tertiary. In this color wheel you can also now separate between warm and cool colors. If you look at the image you will see where I have drawn the line and you will see the different halves or warm and cool colors.
In understanding and defining color, the terms ‘warm’ and ‘cool’ are often used to describe a color. In general blue, green and purple are considered cool colors while yellow, orange and red are considered warm colors. In saying this, even when looking at specific hues, we can still distinguish between warm and cool colors. Take the greens for example, if you look at the each one they are all green, no real difference. But even in these there is one that is cooler than the others and one that is warmer. If you look at the yellow-green circle, this one is the warmer one because it has a more yellow under tone; the blue-green circle is cooler because of the blue undertone.
The same can be said with the other sets of hues, the reds, blues and purples. So there you have it, some information about color temperature. In the next instalment I will be taking about tints and shades.
I am going to show you how to use a pattern you have downloaded and use it as a pattern swatch. I am using Adobe CS3, yes I know I am WAY behind, but we make do with what we have. Anyway so we will start with downloading the desired pattern. Just save it to your desktop for easy access. Now let’s open up Illustrator and you can make your document as large as you like.
Mine is 850px by 600px
Today’s blog is for all those wanting to know how to combine colors because I am sharing something that helps me when I am designing. It’s a color wheel. Very simple I know, but it helps. ALOT. Especially when I want to use colors in a design and I don’t know if they would complement each other or not. For the most part, I look at nature to see which colors are really striking, e.g. look at a carrot which is orange and green; or even the violet plants, purple and green; or a sunset which is orange and blue with mixes of purples.
Color combinations for me are limitless, so go out there and have fun.
Let’s get started. I have made a color wheel using the primary, secondary and tertiary colors. In this blog, I will tell you what the different color sets are, in the next parts we will have a look at how you can implement them in design and also how to create tints and shades using these colors to get even more colors.
First up we have primary colors. Primary colors are colors that cannot be made from mixing other colors. Instead, primary colors are the source of other colors. The primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. These are very striking and strong. I wouldn’t use it on it’s own unless I added a bit of white or black to it, or use it with a secondary or tertiary color.
When I am purchasing paint for painting fabrics, I usually just purchase red, yellow and blue, with white and black. Using these I am able to make any color I want there are only a few times I would purchase secondary colors to make the process go faster.
Next we have secondary colors. Secondary colors are made by mixing equal parts of primary colors. Mixing red and blue makes violet, while mixing red and yellow makes orange. Mixing yellow and blue results in green. Secondary colors are less strong than primaries, but they are more pleasing when mixed with white to make a tint.
And last, but not least we have tertiary colors. Tertiary colors are formed by mixing two secondary colors. For instance, combining green and orange make a wheat color, while orange and violet make brick. Tertiary colors are sophisticated and add great variety to a color scheme.
That’s part one done. I look forward to sharing more about color with you.
Download the pdf here.