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June 2, 2011

Colors in a design

Number of colors used on a design is dependent of what you present.

A rainbow and a dark night are two examples of many and less colors.

Having many colors make the design look busy and make it hard to understand.
and tiring for the eyes.

When you have less colors the design may seen as boaring.

The Three color Model

Primary color
This is the main color of the design and occupy most of the areas and set the tone
for your message.
Secondary colorUsed to support the primary color. Shoild be close to primary color and be pretty.

Highlight color
Used to highlight certain elements of your design and should constrast more with the primary color and secondary color.

olor Wheel

A very useful tool to combine colors in a eye friendly way.

Analog ColorsThe analog colors are at both side of a given color, suitable as the secondary color. Harmounius when used together.
Opposite ColorsColors that are directly opposite on the wheel. They contrasting and stand out against each other. Good as a highlight color.
Split ColorsThese colors that are anolog to a opposite color. It is used to obtain higher contrast less that opposite color.
Hence provide greater harmony.

Triad ColorsTri colors are used to make colorful yet balanced designs.

Monotone Chromatic
A monotone color scheme is one single hue and its variations of  tints, shades and saturation.

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