Color is a very broad term for all that it entails. There are two different color methods, additive and subtractive. Additive color is the way a computer monitor or a TV screen produces color. In this color method, two or more wavelengths are combined to produce a different color. Subtractive color on the other hand, is the way color is used in printing and painting. This method, certain wavelengths that are visible are removed from the light before it is reflected. New media uses the additive color method. Each color method has different primary colors. The additive color method’s primary colors is red, green, and blue. The subtractive color method’s primary colors is magenta or red, cyan or blue, and yellow.
When using colors, there are a few things you need to understand. Color combinations are important and can affect how colors look. Complementary colors are colors that are exact opposites on the color wheel. They can be used to make the colors seem more vivid and brighter. Colors close on the color wheel can bring unity. The next thing to understand is that certain colors can come off as warm or cool, not in temperature but in mood. The main warm colors are reds, oranges, and yellows. The main cool colors are blues, violets, and greens. Cool colors can help bring peacefulness or a soothing vibe into a work of art. Warm colors can help bring excitement or seem to be active.