A color harmony is a set of colors that work well together. If you mix your colors from the same set of pure primaries, your colors will automatically harmonize because they contain the same color components. You can achieve even more effective and harmonious color schemes by taking advantage of certain geometric relationships that exist between the colors in a color model.
The color harmony calculator uses a three-dimensional color model, instead of the two-dimensional color wheel, to represent the full range of colors that can be created by mixing the three primaries — yellow, red and blue — in varying proportions. You can use the color harmony calculator to calculate the color formulas for the following color schemes:
Enter the formula for your base color in parts or percentages and select a harmony type. For analogous and split complementary harmonies, select the amount of contrast between the adjacent colors in the harmony. If you aren't sure how much contrast to use, start with Medium. Click on the Submit button to calculate and display the formulas of the colors in the harmony. Round the results up or down to values you can measure with a plastic syringe or graduated cylinder. For example, if the formula is 5.9% Yellow, 78.4% Red and 15.7% Blue, round the values to 6% Yellow, 78.5% Red and 15.5% Blue. The numbers should add up to 100.
The results are based on mathematical calculations, not on the reality of dyeing real fiber with real dyes, so it's important to test the formulas to make sure you like the colors and color combinations before dyeing your yarn or other fiber for a project. You can quickly pre-screen each color before sampling on fiber by painting the color onto a white coffee filter or by adding a few drops of the color to hot water in a clear container and swirling it to mix.
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