Introduction to Complementary Colors in Design


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Playing with complementary colors

The word play is the best word that I can think of for describing what complementary colors can do with one another, but fight is another word that comes to mind. Complements, like people who have more differences than things in common, can create a dynamic energy between each other. Ever heard the phrase, opposites attract? That's a complementary relationship. In an image if you can control how complements are used, you can play with the energy the colors fighting. Or playing to attract attention and move the eye around the image.

To demonstrate, the kind of playful energy that can be harnessed with complements. I'll start with a book that I wrote and illustrated. My Little Pony Under The Sparkling Sea. I used iridescent colors to represent the magic of the place with the idea of being in an underwater world. So by studying the iridescence, of shells and bubbles and jellyfish, I was able to discover complementary colors in action. That provided the palate that just fit the essence in atmosphere...

Playing with complementary colors
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Playing with complementary colors provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Mary Jane Begin as part of the Foundations of Color

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