color theory

Complementary Color Scheme Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are considered to be complementary colors (example: red and green, orange and blue, violet and yellow). The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant look especially when used at full saturation.

Monochromatic color schemes use colors that are aligned to each other, within the same Hue on the color wheel. Choose the center color to a base, and second and third either side to support. Additional colors on either side of the second and third colors creates a 5 color monochromatic scheme .

Monochromatic Color Scheme 1

Monochromatic Color Scheme 2

Analogous Color Schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. Choose the center color to a base, and second and third either side to support. Additional colors on either side of the second and third analogous colors creates and 5 color scheme .

Analogous Scheme 1

Analogous Scheme 2

Split Complementary Color Scheme  is a variation of the complementary color scheme. In addition to the base color, it uses the two colors adjacent to its complement. This color scheme has the same strong visual contrast as the complementary color scheme, but has the advantage of near analogous compliments.

Split Complementary Color Scheme

Split Contrasting Complementary Color Scheme

Triad Color Scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced (180°) around the color wheel. Triadic color schemes tend to be balanced, even if you use pale or unsaturated versions of your hues.

Square Color Scheme

Square Color Scheme is similar to the rectangle Tetrad schemes, but with all four colors spaced evenly around the color circle.

Square Color Scheme

Tetrad Color Scheme use four colors arranged into two complementary pairs 90° away from each other.  Tetrad Color schemes can vary in their spread between the complimentary pairs as seen in the two tetrad presets included in designPro.

Tetrad Color Scheme

Tetrad Color Scheme 2

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