The Color Wheel

The color wheel is a great too for creating color combinations. It is a circular arrangement of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. One half of the wheel is warm colors and the other half is cool colors.

color wheel

Color Grouping:

Primary Colors-Red, Yellow, and Blue
Pantone 032 Red, Pantone Yellow, and Pantone Process Blue are commonly used as Primary colors. To identify and specifiy any of these colors, we recommend the Pantone formula guide set.

Secondary Colors-Green, Orange, and Purple
Formed by mixing primary colors
Pantone347 Green, Pantone 021 Orange, and Pantone Violet are commonly used as Secondary colors. To identify and specifiy any of these colors, we recommend the Pantone formula guide set.

Tertiary Colors-Yellow- Orange, Orange-Red, Red-Purple, Blue-Purple, and Blue-Green
Pantone 151 Orange, Pantone Warm Red, Pantone Purple, Pantone 2736, Pantone Green, and Pantone 347 Green are commonly used as Tertiary colors.
Formed by mixing a primary color and a secondary color. To identify and specifiy any of these colors, we recommend the Pantone formula guide set.

The color wheel is a great tool for picking complimentary colors. If you pick two colors opposite each other, for example, green and red, they compliment each other. The green makes the red to appear more intense. These combinations are natural attention grabbers, and are especially useful in packaging and advertising. You can find thousands of colors, including the colors mentioned above ,in Pantone solid formula guides and chip books.