The Colour Wheel – A Tutorial

Beginner, Intermediate, Painting | 17 Sep, 2012

This video uses a computer simulation and narrative to explain to the viewer the principles and rules needed to use the color wheel. Topics covered include the primary and secondary colors, shadowing colors, tone and tint and everything you need to know about combining all these factors to achieve your desired color.

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    1. @Quiltingresource um the real Primary colors are Red,Blue and Green. Green isnt made of blue and yellow, its cyan and yellow; Blue and yellow makes no sence since there opposites, think, Magenta is the opposite of green but blue and yellow make green? opposite of blue and yellow is yellow and blue, but yellow and blue dont make magenta. so magenta,blue and yellow cant be the primary colors, even though red is made of yellow and magenta, yellow is made of red and green so yellow is secondary to.

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    2. @ratchetman4 You have a lot to learn.The key is in the first 2 words of the tutorial, “in painting”.Try looking into the differences between subtractive and additive colour systems. Its seems your knowledge of colour is limited to digital additive colour.

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    3. You have a lot to learn.The key is in the first 2 words of the tutorial, “in painting”.Try looking into the differences between subtractive and additive colour systems. Its seems your knowledge of colour is limited to digital additive colour.

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    4. @scottnaismith well I see what you mean with the prims being yellow, blue and Magenta but your contradicting yourself, see, you said yellow+Magenta=red but that only applies in computers, mix those 2 and you get DarkRed, this is because red+blue=Purple and blue + yellow in computers equal nutral, which only leaves red in the equation, red+nutral=DarkRed, so red is not made, its by itself. the RBG is true, there only appear darker in paint, Green+Blue=Teal(DarkCyan), Blue+Red=Purple(DarkMagenta).

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    5. well I see what you mean with the prims being yellow, blue and Magenta but your contradicting yourself, see, you said yellow+Magenta=red but that only applies in computers, mix those 2 and you get DarkRed, this is because red+blue=Purple and blue + yellow in computers equal nutral, which only leaves red in the equation, red+nutral=DarkRed, so red is not made, its by itself. the RBG is true, there only appear darker in paint, Green+Blue=Teal(DarkCyan), Blue+Red=Purple(DarkMagenta).

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    6. @ratchetman4 The true primaries for subtractive colour are yellow, cyan and magenta. As cyan and magenta aren’t widely used in vocabulary other than printing people have commonly called the primaries ‘blue’ and ‘red’. However this means red can be made from magenta and a touch of orange (or yellow). Blue + Red does not make Magenta. Magenta and purple are 2 different hues. This discussion has inspired me to work on a new video about the true additive primaries.

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    7. The true primaries for subtractive colour are yellow, cyan and magenta. As cyan and magenta aren’t widely used in vocabulary other than printing people have commonly called the primaries ‘blue’ and ‘red’. However this means red can be made from magenta and a touch of orange (or yellow). Blue + Red does not make Magenta. Magenta and purple are 2 different hues. This discussion has inspired me to work on a new video about the true additive primaries.

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    8. @miniwargamereric it works, if you put yellow on purple since they are ‘opposite’ colours they will actually start to make a brown, this brown-ish tone will be darker than the base purple. Just give it a try with paint and you’ll quickly see

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    9. it works, if you put yellow on purple since they are ‘opposite’ colours they will actually start to make a brown, this brown-ish tone will be darker than the base purple. Just give it a try with paint and you’ll quickly see

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    11. Too much information without enough clarity. Some information would be clearer in a different context. Enjoyed watching the video. If however I didn’t have 25 years of color experience and color theory under my belt I could get a little lost in what is trying to be conveyed.

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    12. After watching your video it has all suddenly clicked. I have painted for a few years and had some very unrealistic colour effects. I have studied the colour wheel before and got lost in explanations, this was a great one for understanding! Thanks once again 🙂

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    13. more than once the narrator has said to mix primary colors together to get black………… ……………………………………………..IMPOSSIBLE……………………….you can not make black by mixing primary colors together / no matter what the combination it is impossible to make black with primary colors ( red yellow blue )mix the primary colors together equally and u will get BROWN

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    14. if that was true you wouldn’t have to add green and purple to your palette. i mean seriously why the fuck would you call it an RBY system if you have to also include G and P or else it doesn’t work. U are really using and RBYGP system. pure red? red is made by mixing magenta and yellow. this is actually the red that OUR EYES ARE MOST SENSITIVE TOO and YES IT CAN! by the way. how can something be ”pure” if it is made from mixing things??? that makes no god damn sense. cont to 2

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    15. You forget that blue and red have more tinting strenght than yellow. If you mix the correct ratio of each color you will get nearly black. But you’re right, to mix a pure black is impossible becaus of the pigment mix. A pure black comes only from pure black pigments like carbonor similar pigments.

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    16. lighter refers to the tonal value (how light or dark a colours is), brighter refers to how intense / vibrant the colour is. You would make a colour lighter by adding white. You would make a colour brighter by adding first it own colour back into the mix, then the next colour up on the colour wheel

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    17. It can be done…sort of. My painting lecturer at art school would not let us use black paint. We had to make it with red and blue paint. The “black” itself wasn’t too bad, but when white was added to make grey, it was a bit bluish. It was in different ratios to making purple.

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    18. So how does one make a shadow for white? Or is that simply adding a spot of black to make grey? Trying to paint white flowers but they are looking a bit flat so .. I was wondering… :o) This is the best video by far on colour theory though, a very difficult one to get the head around but you’ve simplified it beautifully here thank you so much!

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    19. Love the accent! Right on target with explaining the theory of colour and its relevance to creating more realistic 3D effects as oppose to my standard 2D efforts! Thanks for sharing, I have this vid locked and loaded for my canvas!

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    20. I understood the primary and secondary colours. I don’t get what happens when using opposite colours. I don’t know also what happens when using shades of grey. I don’t know also what you were trying to tell us about the shining part.Do you use yellow plus whit to make the shining part? thanks alot though for the lesson heaps appriciated.

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    21. lighter = value/ ton Value or tone is a measure of how light or dark a color is, without any consideration for its hue ; brighter = chroma, The chroma or saturation of a color is a measure of how intense it is. Think of it as “pure, bright color”, compared to a color diluted with white, darkened by black or grey, or thinned by being a glaze.

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    23. not at all. First a highlight will eventually lighten all the way to white if the light is bright enough or the objects is shiny, so the rule of adding the next colour up towards yellow holds. Second a reflection can move depending on where you are standing, but a highlight cannot so you need to be able to spot highlights as well as reflections in a scene in order to paint a realistic painting

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    24. I didn’t get what was the next color Up or next color Down. Are we looking at the wheel clockwise or counter clockwise from the yellow? I thought that part was a bit confusing when you spoke of brightening or darkening.

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    25. it dulls / shadows as you are now combining the 3 primary colours. Technically you can use black to create your shadow colours, the only problem is that the black you buy in a tube is too black. This means you lose the ability make slight tonal / colour changes to the colour. By using the opposite you retain that control

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