16 Most Used Graphic Design Terms about Color

Graphic Design Glossary For Color

Discover the most used Graphic Design words to talk about color, learn graphic design glossary and if you want to know more about color theory you can check this blog post.

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01. Palette

Color Palette in Graphic Design refers to a selection of colors that you will use in your design, you can check this blog post where I show you 5 different tools to create your color palette!

Modern Color Palette For Design

02. RGB

RGB refers to “Red, Green, Blue”  and this color model is used for digital formats and it works by mixing this 3 colors to obtain different ones. RGB Color model is an additive model. When this  three colors have 100% value we obtain white light, and when each color is 0% no light is generated and you obtain black.

03. CMYK

CMYK refers to “Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key” and this color model is used for Print purposes due to CMYK is a subtractive model, and that means that colors get darker as you blend them together. 

04. Pantone

Pantone Matching System is the system used to identify every color for printing purposes. Every color has different shades and all of them have a unique number to make it easier for people to identify the exact shade of color.

Pantone Graphic Design Glossary

05. HEX Color

HEX color are six-digit combination of number and letters and this code is a translation from RGB combinations for digital uses as Web Design and make it simple.

Hex Color Graphic Design Glossary

06. Monochrome

Monochrome is a simple color scheme built by only one color including lighter and darker tones from the selected color.

07. Analogous

Analogous is a color scheme where we combine three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.

08. Complementary

Complementary Color scheme is one of the most used because is the combination of two colors that sit opposite each other on the color wheel and its used to create more contrast on the design.

09. Triadic

Complementary Color scheme is one of the most used because is the combination of two colors that sit opposite each other on the color wheel and its used to create more contrast on the design.

10. Warm Colors

This is very simple, warm colors define a selection of colors that make you feel heat or warm by seeing them, these color are usually defined by been more friendly, cozy and cheerful. Some of these colors are reds, yellows or oranges for example.

Warm Colors Graphic Design Glossary

11. Cool Colors

Cool Colors are completely the opposite of warm colors, cool colors define a selection of colors that make you feel cold temperatures, and these colors make you feel calm or soothing. Some of these colors are blues, greens or violets.

Cool Colors Graphic Design Glossary

12. Color Theory

Color Theory is a term used for the psychological study of the colors, color theory studies how colors make people feel by seeing them and what thoughts come to your mind by seeing them, for example blue are related with trust or red with passion. In this blog post I talk everything about what is Color Theory.

13. Gradient

A gradient is a gradual change from one color to another, most common gradients are linear gradient where each color sits on opposite sides, and radial gradient where one color place in the middle and the other one in the edge. On this post I show you 16 unique color gradient to get inspiration.

14. Opacity

Opacity is the amount of transparency an element has, when the opacity is lower, the object is more transparent.

Opacity Graphic Design Glossary

15. Hue

Hue is the dominant color family of the specific color also known as pure color, take note that White, black and grey are never referred to as a hue.

16. Tint

Hue is the dominant color family of the specific color also known as pure color, take note that White, black and grey are never referred to as a hue.

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