Questions tagged [color-theory]

For questions concerning color theory, that is any methodical approach used to structure the colors. For any practical question, like the process of applying color to works, use the respective medium (e.g. [paint]). For more generic questions about the nature of color, use the [color] tag.

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Question about subtractive color mixing

I've been reading about subtractive and additive color mixing and one thing is still confusing me. When I mix red paint, which reflects red light and absorbs all other light, with white paint, I get ...
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How to tell which way a colour is leaning?

I'm only just now learning how to best estimate less or more vibrant colours and a large part of this seems to be to see what colours make up the secondary colours being used to mix. I'm finding it ...
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What colour is a mix of two perfectly proportioned complementary colours?

I am still on my journey in colour. I'm currently sitting at my desk so I'm unable to test the following myself: if I add a colour's complementary colour to "meet in the middle", as it were, would ...
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Why do complementary colours desaturate each other?

I'm only just recently getting into colour theory, and so far I have found this to be the most shocking and confusing part.
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Is there a method for setting up my palette on axes by Hue, Value, and Intensity?

I'm a very technical person, even with painting. I wanted to set up my palette like a graph so that it does not become messy, no matter what color I want to mix. This is not an issue if I was only ...
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Color sequence of a sunset

Hi what I'm trying to do is some "light art" with simulating a sunset. For that I'm able to create all colors and fading between them in different speeds. But what I'm missing is the actual color ...
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What color scheme does the Spongebob character use?

We have a homework regarding color schemes and I chose Spongebob as my subject. At first I was thinking that it uses a triadic scheme since it uses blue, red, and yellow, and brown is just a ...
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Need advice on a color that matches this color theory [closed]

I’m currently working on an art project and came to a barrier. I need to implement a third color that is asssociated with one another based on the color wheel and color theory, to these colors as ...
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What range of wall color options would be generally considered aesthetically viable for a room with colored light bulbs? [closed]

I have recently installed LIFX colored light bulbs in my room. However, my wall is currently painted a fairly saturated blue, against which some of the bulb colors strike me at least initially as ...
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What is a split primary palette?

I'm looking at building out a gouache palette and I came across the term "split primary" palette. What is that and why would I want to have that?