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Adobe Colour Wheel

Discussion in 'Tools of the Trade/Accessories' started by Kimmo, Jan 9, 2021.

  1. Kimmo A Fixture

    I found this neat app a while ago, an interactive colour wheel by Adobe. For those of you who don't have a colour wheel, or perhaps even those that do, this is an excellent tool to get your palette sorted out. I used it for my last project to give me an idea of what would work well with each other and came up with these examples:

    Triad

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    Complementary

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    If colour theory is not your strong suit, this should help you understand relationships better. The best part is that it is free.

    https://color.adobe.com/create/color-wheel


    Kimmo
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  2. Graham PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks for this. I found the shades option interesting. Just match your original colour and see options for shading, something I have trouble visualising.
  3. Kimmo A Fixture

    Sharing is caring Graham. I have that problem too sometimes, easier to play with something like this than to mix up 20 different combos.

    Kimmo
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  4. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks for the link Kimmo. I will find that very useful. Like you say, it beats farting about with different mixes, which is what I have tended to do.

    Phil
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  5. Ray Stout Active Member

    This reminds me of Shep Payne's Colour Wheel, where you start with the 3 Primary colours and move outwards with shades and Highlights. Ray
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  6. Nap A Fixture

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    Hi Kimmo

    Nice one and very useful

    Thanks for sharing

    Nap
  7. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Be careful not to be too bogged down with this as it can be quite confusing-as an experiment I tried to darken dark blue and although moving the tabs made it go dark it didn't tell me how or which colour to use. So am I right in concluding that it tells you which colour you need but not the mix to achieve it?

    I'm not that good with technology so maybe I have just read it wrong:rolleyes:

    BTW I do know the answer but was trying to work back to understand how the system worked
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  8. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Remind me not to dive in without read:rolleyes: ing the instructions.

    I can now see how it works having realised what the RGB letters to the left are for, in a pure way it works, but as well as the base colours you can use Burnt Umber or other browns to shade Blue towards Black and that is what I was looking for in the answer.

    I tend to note what mixes are used from following posts on PF and other resources. I then experiment with them and then note in a book the mixes I use for each figure.

    I've always found colour mixing a dark art:ROFLMAO:
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  9. Henkm Well-Known Member

    You can make a darker shade in general by mixing in black/umber or by mixing in some of the complementary colour. A colour wheel can help you visualise this complementary colour by going halfway around. Another use is to see how 'far' apart colours are to help make a vibrant colour scheme. That's my take on it at least.
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  10. Kimmo A Fixture

    Tecumsea, you make some valid observations. The tool isn't ideal in the sense that it doesn't tell you what or how much to mix in, but, as I said above, it does help you understand relationships a lot more clearly than using a manual wheel or trial and error. It is also very handy for figuring out your initial palette if you're stuck for a colour scheme.

    Kimmo
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  11. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

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    I agree Kimmo, it is a science....LOL

    Keith
  12. Banjer Well-Known Member

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    I did download it but it might as well have been written in Greek. Can't make head or tail of it.

    Bill

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