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Tutorial about the split complementary color scheme and the complementary color scheme and a directory of color-related tutorials and color directory. Refer to the Color Directory for sites having color selectors and tools for helping to select color schemes, color tutorials, color theory, light and optics and how it relates to color, color references for hexadecimal color, rgb color, cmyk color; advanced color in design; bringing color objects into text;and color in digital graphics.

Discussion of the Complementary Color Scheme

Colors on the color wheel which are opposite each other, such as blue and orange, are complementary. When a blue paint is mixed with a touch of orange paint, the resulting color is a blue tone or brown hue. The blues and the browns produced by such mixing of blue's complement with blue are considered a part of the complementary color scheme of blue or of orange. Likewise, red and green are opposites on the color wheel and are complementary. A red mixed into a green paint also produces browns and a green mixed into a red paint produced some green tones and some brown hues. Think of autumn colors of leaves, and the complements of orange, the complements of greens and of reds.... What color mixed with yellow would produce it's complement hues? Violet would. Yellow and violet are opposites on the color wheel. The complimentary Color Scheme is produced when opposities on the color wheel are mixed together on a palette.
If you would like to produce a light tan color just begin with yellow or one of the oranges and add a tiny amount of its complement, then a bit of white. Take a class or course which teaches painting and color mixing or color theory to learn more about complementary colors.

Definition of Split Complementary Color Scheme

The split complementary color scheme results from having instead of two opposites on the color wheel mixed together, the colors on either side of one of the complements are used instead. For instance, instead of mixing violet with yellow, a split complementary color scheme would be created by mixing violet with first a yellow green, and then with a yellow-orange hue and yellow is skipped over. Also a split complementary color scheme can go in the opposite direction and only mix yellow with either a red-violet or a blue-violet, and skipping over violet. All of the hues created when the yellow is either mixed with the blue violet, and also with the yellow mixed with the red violet, would be a split complementary scheme of yellow and the intermediate violet hues.
Another example: Beginning with a red-violet. Normally the full complementary color, opposite on the color wheel, would be yellow-green. Now skip over yellow-green and use only the two colors beside the yellow-green to mix into the red-violet. That would be red-violet mixed with some yellow, then red-violet mixed with some green. This split complementary color scheme used one intermediate color (red-violet) mixed with one primary color (yellow) and one secondary color (green). All of the colors resulting from the mixing of red-violet with either of it's split complements is part of its split complementary color scheme.
Example of Complementary Color Scheme
#AACOCC #658BA3 #517488
#CCBAAB #A98A72 #846651
#BBC6CC #7C929C #5C717A
#CCC7C3 #91867D #797066
#CCC3BB #AA9A8C #877565



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Color References: Hexadecimal and RGB Values

Hitmill's RGB Hexadecimal Color Values Reference Includes SiteProCentral's Scheme Chooser
Hitmill's 216-Color Color Safe Web Palette Browser safe colors
SVG Named Colors (Scalable Vector Graphics)

On-line and Off-line Tools for Color

Kuler at Adobe.com
Tools at SiteProCentral.com
Maximized Software's Color Browser We use the paid version and love it! You can select colors off your photographs with this tool.
Great Tool for seeing color schemes
Color Harmonizer

References to CMYK Color

CMYK Selected Color Codes from December.com
RGB to CMYK Conversion
CMYK Color Model
Color Space Fundamentals
CMYK: The Colors of Printing

Color for Scalable Vector Graphics

Color for SVG from W3C.org
Scalable Vector Graphics CMYK Color Codes (December.com)
SVG Named Colors (December.com)

Color Glossaries

Glossary of Color Science
Color Glossary
xrite.com Color Glossary

Light and Optics and How It Relates to Color

Prism (optics)

Examples of Prism Shapes (Math)

Right Angle Glass Prism (to purchase)
Right Angle Plastic Prism (for age 6 and older)
Toy Prisms
All About Light
Light Waves and Color
Optics For Kids
The Full Spectrum of Light
OpticsNotes.com  Navigate the links along the top of the page: Fundamentals, Design, etc.
Readings on Light and Optics
How the Eye Views Color
Vision Concepts  Processes in biological vision including color blindness, how we read, etc.
Glossary Supporting Processes in Biological Vision
Color Vision

Color Tutorials, Color Schemes, Color Theory

Online-Learning.com's Color Tutorial
Macon State's Page Colors Discussion
Basic Principles of Color
Color Theory Tutorial
Iowa State - Color Wheel
Color Theory at Wikipedia
Books at Amazon: Using the Color Wheel
Books at Amazon: Color Wheel Hues
Palomar.Edu Two-Dimensional Design Notes
Rochester Institute of Technology Color Science Laboratory
Color Matters
The 12-Step Color Wheel Explained
Color Design Rules
Color Abstractions
Color Basics Tutorial

Color Schemes

Master Painters
Creating A Color Scheme
PowerPoint Color Schemes
Value: Tints and Shades
Neutrals: The Salt of Painting
Color Schemes and Palettes
Classic Color Schemes
Complementary Schemes

Color in Digital Graphics

Additive Color Synthesis for Digital Displays
Graphic Design Tips: How To Find the Perfect Color

Bringing Color into Text

Tutorial in PhotoShop: Fill Text With Pattern-Fill
PhotoShop Tutorial: Pattern Fills For Lettering
PhotoShop Tutorial: Lettering and Gradient Fills
PhotoShop Tutorial: Filling Text With Scanned Fabric
PhotoShop Tutorial: More Fabric Fills for Text
Create An Image-Fill For Text

Advanced Color in Design

Color Workflows For Adobe Creative Suite 2
Search results for Adobe Color Models
Kodak Color Theory for Cameras
Color (java language) applets from UC Berkeley
Color Calculations from EasyRGB.com
Color Models
Color Printing Topics
Color Theory in Landscape Design
AutoCad Color Index Numbers
Working With Color in Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator Strokes and Fills
Adobe Illustrator: Coloring Objects
The Color Palette in InDesign CS
Working With Color in InDesign CS
Adobe InDesign´┐Żs Color Management Differences Between CS and CS 2

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