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How to create the 6 most common colour schemes for your Surface Pattern Designs
Colour is one of the most important elements in a design. Learning to work with and have a good eye for colour is imperative in your role as a surface pattern designer, as it can make or break a design. Your choice of colour will determine the mood and feel of your design.
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Contrasting/Complementary colour schemes use colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel. These schemes are high in contrast and create vibrant colour schemes. They need to be used carefully together so as not to create colour palettes that are jarring to the eye. Consider adding white, black or grey to reduce the brightness and vividness of the colours. Also, consider the quantity of each colour used. These schemes work best when there is one main colour with a contrasting colour used in small amounts.
5. Split Complementary
Split complementary colour schemes use three colours. One colour and then two other colours that are either side of the colour directly opposite the first colour on the colour wheel. As with Complementary colour palettes, Split Complementary ranges have strong contrast yet they are less intense than complementary ranges.
Triadic colour schemes use colours that are an equal distance away from each other on the colour wheel. These colour schemes are contrasting and very dynamic. You can easily create triadic colour palettes that are interesting, vivacious, colourful and visually strong while retaining balance and richness of colour. Balance and harmony are more easily achieved with these colour schemes than with contrasting colour schemes. Try to select one colour to be used as the main or predominant colour and the others as highlights or in small amounts. You can add white, black or grey to the colours to reduce the saturation and tone.
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