A Color Wheel organizes colors in a circle so you can see how they relate to each other.
Many altered book artists find these wheels helpful in creating layout design.
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These wheels are based on color theory. Using one of these tools makes it easier to create attractive color combinations based on one of six color schemes.
The schemes are:
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- Monochromatic color schemes. These schemes are based on using several shades or variations of the same color. For example, your layout could contain various shades of red.
- Analogous color schemes. In this scheme, your color selection is based on colors that are side by side on the color wheel (think rainbow)! You might use shades of red and orange.
- Complementary color schemes. Here, your colors are opposite each other on the wheel -- such as blue and yellow.
- Split complementary schemes. This one uses a color and two colors that are adjacent to its complementary colors. For example, blue and two shades of yellow that are lighter and darker than the yellow that would be directly opposite.
- Triadic color schemes. This one uses three colors equally spaced around the color wheel. You might have red, green, and blue, for instance.
Tetradic color schemes.This one uses four colors, which are actually two complimentary color pairs. You might have blue and yellow for one pair, and cyan and red for the other.