PROJECT 3-Colour Theory Research

This is my research on colour theories and just wanted to type out and put in some images 🙂


When I first looked at this word, I thought monochrome was just black and white, and after researching about it, it turns out that the colours of a monochromatic palette all share a single hue, but vary in brightness and saturation. White, black and grey are considered to be neutral. It is a basic colour scheme using only one hue in the colour wheel to create a variation of different values in an artwork. This creates a colour scheme that looks very clean and balanced as only one colour is used, creating images that are generally visually appealing, relaxed looking and simplistic.

As I was researching, I found this youtuber that explains quite well on a few different colour harmonies and just thought I would share it here:

Examples of monochromes harmony:



really like this!!



Also know as adjacent colours which on the colour wheel they are directly beside each other. Analogous colour palettes consist of different, but neighbouring hues. The constant property can be either the saturation or the brightness level or both. Usually one of the three colours predominates. Creates an image easy on the eye and comfortable for viewers to look at in which the colours goes nicely together. It is very popular in nature images such as forest where there are greens and yellows and ocean where there are blues and blue-green.

This is the same youtuber explaining analogous harmony:



Basically the colours in the colour wheel is divided into two groups: Warm and Cool.
Warm colours(Red, Orange and Yellow) are associated with the warmth of fire and sun.
Cool Colors (Blue, Green, and Violet) connect in the mind’s eye with the coolness of sea, sky, and foliage.





Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are considered to be complementary colors (example: red and green).
The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant look especially when used at full saturation. This color scheme must be managed well so it is not jarring.
Complementary color schemes are tricky to use in large doses, but work well when you want something to stand out.
Complementary colors are really bad for text.




The split-complementary colour scheme is a variation of the complementary colour scheme. In addition to the base colour, it uses the two colours adjacent to its complement.
This colour scheme has the same strong visual contrast as the complementary colour scheme, but has less tension.
The split-complimentary colour scheme is often a good choice for beginners, because it is difficult to mess up.


Summary of the colour harmonies:


I never actually researched on colours before and i must say it is really interesting! i particularly liked the monochromes harmony one the most as i feel that the images are indeed very clean and simplistic looking which i might consider applying it into my project 3!

Still thinking of different settings to begin with and currently my mind is really blank 🙁 Hopefully, it’ll come to me soon!!!

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