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Definition of a Split Complementary Color Scheme

Definition of a Split Complementary Color Scheme

A split complementary color scheme is a group of three colors selected from the color wheel. It is made up of one color plus the colors on each side of its complement. The complement of a color is the color directly opposite it on the color wheel.



Split complementary color schemes produce dramatic, visually intriguing combinations of contrasting colors with good balance.



If you select green as your main color, the other two colors in a split complementary color scheme would be red-violet and red-orange.

Color Selection

To achieve a unified and harmonious color scheme, only choose pure hues and their tints, tones and shades. Pure hues are the twelve colors on the color wheel. Avoid intermixtures with other colors.


The split complementary color scheme is used to choose colors for artwork and interior design.



How to Create 10+ New Colors from Red, Blue, and Yellow



1 Mix red and yellow to create orange. Orange is a secondary color.

2 Mix yellow and blue to create green. Green is a secondary color.

3 Mix blue and red to make purple. Purple is a secondary color.

4 Mix yellow and green to create yellow green or chartreuse. Chartreuse is a tertiary color.

5 Mix blue and green to create blue green or aquamarine or turquoise. Aquamarine or turquoise are tertiary colors.      

6 Mix blue and purple to create blue purple or violet. Violet is a tertiary color.

7 Mix red and purple together to create red purple or magenta. Magenta is a tertiary color.

8 Mix red and orange together to create red orange or vermilion. Vermilion is a tertiary color.

9 Mix yellow and orange to together to create yellow orange or marigold. Marigold is a tertiary color.

10 Mix red and green to create brown. You can add white or black to the brown to make it darker or lighter.

11 Mix white with a color to create a tint. For example, mix white with red to create pink.

12 Mix black with a color to create a shade. For example, mix black with red to create burgundy.

13 To create a less intense color, mix in a little bit of its complement (the color opposite it on the color wheel). Red's compliment is green. Blue's compliment is orange. Yellow's compliment in purple. You can create a dull and muddy rust orange color by mixing in a little bit of blue.


Color Systems

Available color systems are dependent on the medium with which a designer is working. When painting, an artist has a variety of paints to choose from, and mixed colors are achieved through the subtractive color method. When a designer is utilizing the computer to generate digital media, colors are achieved with the additive color method.

Subtractive Color:. When we mix colors using paint, or through the printing process, we are using the subtractive color method. Subtractive color mixing means that one begins with white and ends with black; as one adds color, the result gets darker and tends to black.

Description: CMYK is a subtractive color systemThe CMYK color system is the color system used for printing.

Description: Painter color wheel Those colors used in painting—an example of the subtractive color method.


Additive Color: If we are working on a computer, the colors we see on the screen are created with light using the additive color method. Additive color mixing begins with black and ends with white; as more color is added, the result is lighter and tends to white.

Description: RGB is an additive color systemThe RGB colors are light primaries and colors are created with light.Description: RGB color wheelPercentages of red, green, & blue light are used to generate color on a computer screen.

Working with systems

Description: visible-spectrum

The Visible spectrum consists of billions of colors, a monitor can display millions, a high quality printer is only capable of producing thousands, and older computer systems may be limited to 216 cross-platform colors.

Reproducing color can be problematic with regard to printed, digital media, because what we see is not what is possible to get. Although a monitor may be able to display 'true color' (16,000,000 colors), millions of these colors are outside of the spectrum available to printers. Since digital designs are generated using the RGB color system, colors used in those designs must be part of the CMYK spectrum or they will not be reproduced with proper color rendering. Working within the CMYK color system, or choosing colors from Pantone© palettes insures proper color rendering.


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JPEG  : -    Joint photographic expert group
GIF      : -   Graphic interchange format
PNG    : -   Portable network graphic
MPEG : -   Moving Picture Experts Group

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BMP - Bitmap Picture

PDF - Portable Document Format

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