Colors and combinations
Vibrant, contrasting and well-matched
Like black and white
Two colors at opposites
Yet complementing each other
Like day and night
Color combinations - a simple theme that can be carried further to infinite ends. In their most simple form, colors describe in their statures as adjectives - all the while making visualization a part of our subconscious. The inbuilt mechanism of the human mind represents each color with its own specific qualities - of vigour and victory, and of peace and perfection. Colors come together all the time - either in nature or in artistry. Some colors work well together, some just don't - and so it is that we're discussing color combinations presently.
Color combinations are a very different playing field in the area of computer graphics than they are in the traditional. That's because results which would never be possible conventionally can be applied using binary technology - today's powerful hardware and software makes it equally easy to come up with terrible color combinations as to experiment with new ones. One click of a mouse - that's all that separates a masterpiece from an amateur trial. If Vincent Van Gogh could create with lesser colors than the number of buttons on your mouse or tablet, then maybe you too need to curtail the urge to use all the colors available in the spectrum.
Look at black and white and imagine - about chess and checker boards, white chalks on blackboards, black laces on white shoes, black newsprint on white newspapers, black sketches on white drawing paper, olde-world black and white televisions and movies, and more.... Of all the in-between colors - gray in a million shades, and silver, steel and aluminum. That's the power of a color combination - truly phenomenal.
Yet, that's only the beginning - like scratching the tip of an iceberg. Explore under the kaleidoscope and you'll see a million shades of color - each of them has it's own story - waiting to be retold - again, and again! If you need any more proof, view a sunset, rainy reflection on roads, rainbows, butterflies - even ice cream in all its colors. Color is pure inspiration - it sets moods - it creates ambiences, and does so much more. Just that we need to look around ourselves with an eye of a color connoisseur.
Everywhere, the power of color incorporates itself with rich, natural combinations - the way nature intended it to. Let's look at a leaf and the way sunlight falls over it to create an ethereal combination with hues ranging from golden rust to emerald green. It's so amazing that this play of color combinations is happening all around us and we are unaware of its existence. Many of us imagine the study of color combinations to be a result of studies involving science and psychology - yet color is all around you, waiting to be appreciated.
Color Wheel Pro is an application that enables you to interactively create various types of color schemes and preview them on real-world examples like corporate identities, web sites and logos.
Color Wheel Expert is an easy-to-use application for anyone who works with color, allowing you to create your own color schemes and palettes.
To find which colors coordinate well with each other, visit the ColorSchemer site where you'll find upto 15 colors to complement your chosen shade.
The International Color Consortium is the force behind the ICC profiles standardization.
Color professor J L Morton discusses every nuance of color at her extensive site.
The Microsoft site has an article which ponders about the effect of colors on color-blind users.
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