Canva’s Color Wheel for Great Color Combinations

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The world is our canvas and we create our reality. How bright is yours? Want to know what colors look good together? After we did a comprehensive UI/UX design guide, we know what tools are really helpful and worth sharing. Meet Canva’s Color Wheel for great color combinations!

Color theory is used to determine what colors look good together. The color wheel was invented in 1666 by Isaac Newton, who mapped the color spectrum into a circle. It shows the relationship between colors. Colors that look good together are called a color harmony. There are two types of color wheel:

The RYB or red, yellow, blue color wheel is typically used by artists, as it helps with combining paint colors.
The RGB, or red, green and blue color wheel is designed for online use, as it refers to mixing light – like on a computer or TV screen.

Canva’s Color Wheel is an RGB color wheel, as it is designed for online use. There are 12 main colors on the color wheel. In the RGB color wheel, these hues are red, orange, yellow, chartreuse green, green, spring green, cyan, azure, blue, violet, magenta and rose.

The color wheel can be divided into primary, secondary and tertiary colors:

  • Primary Colors are the colors that create pure white light. These colors are red, green and blue. They can’t be mixed from other colors.
  • Secondary Colors are colors that result from mixing two primary colors. There are three secondary colors. They are cyan, magenta and yellow. When you mix light, red and green make yellow, green and blue make cyan, and blue and red make magenta.
  • Tertiary Colors are made by combining a secondary color with a primary color. There are six tertiary colors. They are orange, chartreuse green, spring green, azure, violet and rose.

The color wheel can also be divided into warm and cool colors. You can create shades, tints, and tones of a color by adding black, grey and white to a base hue.

Canva’s Color Wheel will help you to explore that colorful world and learn about:

  • color combinations in practice – you’ll find perfect complementary, monochromatic, analogous, triadic and tetradic colors;
  • eventually understand which colors referred to warm or cool colors;
  • see examples for shades, tints, and tones; hue, saturation and luminance;
  • and will be able to export the chosen color combination palette in PDF.

It’s a wonderful tool to simplify your ‘perfect color combination’ search! Try it!

p.s. You can also learn how to get color accessibility in product design. Way to go!