The Color Wheel
A Brief Review on Color Theory
The visual response to the
wavelengths of sunlight identified
as red, green, blue and so on;
having the physical properties of
hue, intensity, and value.
Primary colors are colors from which all other
colors are made.
RED BLUE YELLOW
Secondary colors that are created from equal
amounts of a pair of primary colors
ORANGE GREEN VIOLET
Tertiary colors are colors made from equal amounts of a
pair of primary and secondary colors.
Analogous colors are any three colors which are
side by side on a 12 part color wheel, such as
yellow-green, yellow, and yellow-orange.
Three consecutive colors on the color wheel
Complementary colors are any two colors which
are directly opposite each other in the color wheel.
Examples are red and green, red-purple and
yellow-green. In the illustration, there are several
variations of yellow-green in the leaves and
several variations of red-purple in the orchid.
Tints are light values
of a color. One
usually makes tints
by mixing a color
with different SHADE
amounts of white.
Shades are dark
values of a color. One
usually makes shades
by mixing a color with
different amounts of
A Monochromatic color scheme is one color.
The primary color is integrated with neutral colors such
as black, white, or gray.
The split complementary scheme is
a variation of the standard
complementary scheme. It uses a
color and the two colors adjacent
to its complementarycolor.
Triadic Color Scheme
The triadic color scheme uses
three colors equally spaced
around the color wheel.
Let’s review what we just learned on our
1. Open up the color review for students
PowerPoint in Docs-To-Go
2. Open it and answer the questions using the list
3. We will review it together