Another one of the countless color pickers on the Web.
All of you who are designers have downloaded the color wheel at least once. Let’s look at the colors that make up the color wheel and where they come from. First, we must distinguish between the RBG colors displayed on our monitors and used by Web designers and the ones artists, people who work with paints, use. the three RGB colors are red, green, and blue, but let’s set these aside for a moment and focus on the colors an artist uses. These primaries are red, blue, andgreen. They cannot be formed by mixing any other colors. Next, we have the secondary colors, which are formed when two primary colors are mixed. Yellow and red make orange. Red and blue make purple. Blue and yellow make green. So, the three secondary colors are orange, purple, and green. Finally, when we mix a secondary and a primary color we create the tertiary colors. The six tertiary colors are red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, and red-violet. (NOTE: you will find color wheels on the Web that feature other tertiary colors. Remember, we are talking bout the painter’s color wheel).
Another color picker. I have not tried this one yet.
If you nave an Adobe account you can use Adobe Color CC, formerly Kuler, to create color schemes for websites and other projects.
A resource from Sam Houston State University – You can create and find color palettes made from images.
Today I did some research on primary, secondary, and tertiary colors for a poster I am working on. This is a very brief introduction to some of the basics of color theory. Primary colors can be mixed to create many other colors. The four primaries are red, yellow, green, and blue. If you are a human being or a computer monitor your primary colors are red, blue, and green, which can be combined to produce over 16 million colors. If you are an artist or illustrator your primaries are red, blue, and yellow. RGB colors are additive, meaning they are mixed to create other colors. CMYK colors are subtractive, meaning amounts of color are subtracted from cyan, yellow, magenta, and black to create millions of other colors. Secondary colors are created by mixing the primary colors. The secondary colors are green, orange, and purple, if you are a painter or illustrator. Tertiary colors are formed by mixing a primary and a secondary color. If you are an artist your tertiary colors are yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green, and yellow-green. I will explore color theory in greater detail in future posts. A good reference for color theory is at this website:
There are millions of color combinations, nevertheless, there a few it is good to know the hexadecimal values of my memory: Black, White, Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow. Here they are: