I currently use Color Schemer Studio to assist me in creating color palettes. I have a specific green that I am using (#B9DE56) and would like to know what a complementary reddish color would be to use in conjunction with this green.

What is the best way to go about doing this?

3 answers

Rob 230

b44690 is the complement. You look for the exact complement directly opposite on the color wheel. I don't know anything about the program you're using.

Answered over 7 years ago by Rob
  • Never used a color wheel before ... can you point me in the right direction? mattruma over 7 years ago
  • http://colorschemedesigner.com/ is one of a million such sites you can play with. Google for "color wheel" and "complimentary colors" and so on. Rob over 7 years ago
  • colorschemedesigner.com got it wrong about Cold and Warm colors. There is a big misconception out there that says that you can split the color wheel in two and group one side as warm and the other as cold. Not true. Depending on where the color is in the color wheel, eather the left or right neighbour of the chosen color is warm or cold. Jens Hedqvist over 7 years ago

You could use Adobe Illustrators in-built Color Guide, you find that as a tab by the color palette. It helps you select schemes from the color circle. Be they analogous (neighbours in the color cicle) or complementary (opposite in the color circle).

When you find a nice color scheme you could use Illustrators Recolor Artwork (found at the top bar when one or multiple objects are selected) or import it to Photoshop and recolor it with a Hue-adjustment to modify it.

This might also be of help: http://kuler.adobe.com/

In CS4-package this kuler panel is accessible from within photoshop.

I've just read a Leo Sandbergs book Imagine: Creating Art for Entertainment, he talks ALOT about color. It's always good to Understand how colors work and why one is "better" than the other.

Answered over 7 years ago by Jens Hedqvist


shows color schemer studio set up to show complements.

it suggests that the complementary red for your green is #DE5692

Answered over 7 years ago by Tony Crockford