Well seeing as today marks the start of the first ever Adobe Creative Week [Link] I thought I’d kick off with a very quick Photoshop Tip.
Like most tips and techniques it doesn’t have to be complicated or long winded; and this one certainly isn’t BUT it’s incredibly easy and something I use a lot, and what we’re talking about here is a very quick way to choose a Complementary Colour.
In its simplest terms if we think of the 360° colour wheel, a complementary colour is the colour that is directly opposite and is so called because well, opposite colours just go well together 🙂
Anyway, here’s a very quick way to choose the opposite/complementary colour when using Photoshop:
1) Double Click
Double click on the Foreground Colour in the tool bar to bring up the Colour picker dialog box:
2) 360° Colour Wheel
Thinking of the 360° colour wheel, look at the section giving the H, S, B values (Hue, Saturation, Brightness) and whatever the H (Hue) value is set to, simply add or take away 180
In this example the HUE value is currently 60° so by adding 180 to get the opposite side of the colour wheel it becomes 240°. Conversely if the Hue value had been 240° it would become 60° … easy huh 🙂
Before (HUE 60°)
After (HUE 240°)
One last little tip about the colour picker dialog box…
Once you have a colour selected, by moving the pointer Left or Right you can adjust the Saturation (Left = Less, Right = More) and moving the pointer Ip or Down adjusts the Brightness value (Up = Brighter, Down = Darker)
Right, that’s all from me for today so I hope that was useful 🙂
Be sure to keep an eye on the Adobe Creative Week schedule for everything that’s going on by visiting the website here [Link] Today kicks off with Creative Industry Overview.
Have a great day and I’ll catch you tomorrow,