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What is Color Theory?

 , updated on July 08, 2023
Color theory is a collective term for knowledge about color including scientific, technological and artistic aspects of color.

Definitions

  1. The art and science of color.
  2. A body of knowledge related to the physical, psychological and artistic properties of color.
  3. A collection of theories, models and concepts that can be used to improve the use of color in design.
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Color is Real
Color Perception
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Color Scheme
Color Space
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Color Temperature
Colorimetry
Complementary Colors
Corporate Colors
Heat Map
Hue
Impossible Colors
Lightness
Matching
Monochromatic Color
Primary Colors
Rainbow Colors
Saturation
Spectral Color
Tints And Shades
Visible Spectrum
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