Analysing Tutorial websites for colour scheme help

1. Veerle’s Blog

Veerle covers a variety of topics related to graphic design on her blog, including some Illustrator tutorials. The quality of her tutorials is excellent and she teaches practical techniques that you’ll be able to use in your own work.

2. Art-inspire

3. Photoshop CC Tutorials

4. SpoonGraphics

Graphic Designer Chris Spooner publishes tutorials and articles at Blog.SpoonGraphics, including some awesome Illustrator tutorials.

5. N. Design studio


So in reality I have been struggling to chose which colour theme I would like to use for my promotional website and the digital product I will be selling and advertising. For help with the decision I looked at other illustration tutorials, and the colour schemes that they have used. From analysing the colour schemes of the above tutorial websites and many others I came to the conclusion that although my previous work has been very bright and illustrative, many of the tutorials I visited are very professional using very plain and minimum colours. I feel by taking a very professional, plain approach it will meet my target audience- UI and UX designers wanting to expand their skills, as they will take the course more serious and will get value for money, whether paying extra for the more advanced course or whether doing the basic course for starters. Before choosing my colour scheme I wanted to take a look into what the colours really mean,

Primary Color – Red

Red colour is considered hot since it is affiliated with warfare, violence and fire and at the same time it is also attached with passion and love. During the ancient times, the red colour was affiliated with cupid and devil. This colour can really have a physical reaction towards people by increasing the heart rate or the blood pressure. It has also been proved that red colour enhances the metabolism of human beings. At times, this colour is also connected with anger and simultaneously attached with one’s prestige (for example – red carpet at celebrity shows and award shows). The color also signifies danger due to which the traffic stop lights and many warning signs and symbols are red in colour).

The red colour has various alliances in the western countries. For instance, the red colour is considered as lucky colour and is associated with happiness and good fortune. In the eastern countries, this colour is used in the weddings for the dress of the brides. At the same time, the red colour is a symbol of morning in the South Africa and is also affiliated with communism. In the African continent, because of the RED campaign, this colour is attached with the awareness of AIDS.

The red colour could be a powerful accent in any design and when utilized too much in the designs or in fabrics, it could look dominating or conquering. When this color is used in any design, it conveys a sensual power or a feeling. Red is a very flexible color; it projects charmness and power when used with darker shades of designs and looks aggressive when used with brighter shaded designs.

Secondary Colour – Orange

Orange colour looks very energetic and dynamic and mostly it is affiliated with autumn seasons and also with the Earth. Since this color is associated with seasons that change, the orange colour is usually denoted with movement and change in life. It is also associated with the fruit orange and because of which, the color can also be termed for energy and health.

When we apply this color to the designs, it is not as dominating as the red colour but it definitely commands attention of others. Because of these reasons, the orange colour is very appealing and friendly.

Primary Colour – Yellow

Generally, the Yellow color is known as the most vitalizing and the brightest among the other warm colors since it is attached to sunshine and cheerfulness. At the same time, this color is also connected with cunningness and timidity (it is like calling a coward as yellow).

In most of the countries, we would have come across people tying yellow color ribbons when any other of their family members are at war and because of which it is also attached to hope. Sometimes, this color is also connected with danger signs though not mostly like red colors. This color has different implications depending on the countries. This color stands for mourning in Egypt while denotes bravery in Japan and at the same time, the Yellow color is connected with merchants or businessmen.

When this color is used in designs, it represents bills or cheerfulness and unlike pink or blue colors, the soft yellow is used for babies and children as a gender neutral color. When compared with brighter yellow designs, the light yellows denote peace and calmness. Usually, the golden colored yellows and their darker shades could represent antiques and is very much liked to be used in designs.

Cool Colours

Purple, blue and green are all called as the cool colours and are generally suppressed than the warm colors. They are connected with relaxation, serenity and conserved and because of which they are associated with nature, water and night.

Among the cool colours, the Blue coluour is the primary one because the other colors are attained by combining with this colour only. For example – (combined with yellow gets green and combined with red colour for purple). Most of the characteristics of the yellow colour are taken by the green colour and in the same way; the purple colour takes the characteristics of the red color. When these cool colours are used in the designs, it denotes professionalism or calmness.

Primary Colour – Blue

In the language of English, the Blue colour represents sadness or depression. It can also be associated with authority and quietness. The light blue colors denote friendliness and freshness while the dark blues are more trustworthy and powerful. In many country’s tradition and culture, this colour is generally connected with the religious and spiritual significance. (For instance, the Virgin Mary wears a blue robe in the churches).

The implications of the blue colour largely depend on the degree of its shade and complexion. The design is distinguished on the shade or the type of blue colour you choose. The bright colours in designs denote refreshment and energy while light blue colours denote calmness and relaxation. The dark blue colours in designs are very apt for company sites or in the sites that largely needs dependability and strength.

Secondary Colour – Purple

The Purple colour is always connected with supremacy or royalty. This color is attained when we combine the blue and red colors and thus it has the characteristics of both the colours. In general, purple stands for fantasy and creativeness while this colour is associated with mourning in the country of Thailand. Generally, light purples are very soft and stand for romance and spring while dark purples are connected with prosperity and aristocracy. When this colour is used in designs, it gives a royal and a luxury effect.

So to sum it up?

  • Red: Emotional, Love and Enmity
  • Orange: Vigor, Cheerfulness and Liveliness
  • Yellow: Confidence, Cunningness and Contentment
  • Green: Growth, Nature and Prosperity
  • Blue: Liability, Quietness and Depression
  • Purple: Imaginative, Prosperity and Royalty
  • Black: Bad or Evil, Occult and Gracefulness
  • Gray: Conventional, Rigid and Moody
  • White: Clean, Purity and Integrity
  • Brown: Reliable, Simplicity and Natural
  • Beige and Tan: Dullness, Conventional and Religious
  • Cream and Ivory: Calmness, Purity and Elegance

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