A cheat sheet to help you further understand color theory, color emotion, and the color wheel.
This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.
Color theory is the collection of rules and guidelines which designers and artists use to communicate meanings and emotions with their audience through different color schemes. A good color sceme should compliment each color used, and feel well balanced.
The Color Wheel
In order to create such a color scheme, designers and artists use a color wheel. A Color wheel enables us to refer to extensive collected knowledge about how colors look when mixed, adjusted, etc. It also shows us what each color may mean as an emotion, or what kind of image it may portray in the viewers head.
Warm VS Cool
Aggressive (Warm) Colors
They are usually vivid and energetic, also normally emotionally exciting.
Receding (Cool) Colors
They give us an impression of calm, and create a soothing feeling. They remind us of cold water.
Cannot be mixed from any other colors (red, yellow, blue)
Two primary colors mixed together (orange, green, violet)
One primary and one secondary color mixed together (Warm: reds, oranges, yellows) (Cool: greens, blues, violets)
(Black, gray, white)
Colors that sit next to one another on the color wheel. These colors are harmonious. (E.g. purple, blue, green)