How to pick complimentary colours for logos in 3 steps


Paul Murray

Paul Murray

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#1
I put together a quick guide on how I find complimentary colours for logos, branding or whatever. I normally use this technique and play around with a single colour version of a logo in white and change the background colour to find a two-colour scheme that I like.

Great if a client has a colour they like already, you just use that as a starting point and tweak it until you have something that works.

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@GCarlD

@GCarlD

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#2
Nice, not something I would necessarily use/do but would be handy for those just starting out.

Nevertheless, I gave it a quick go to test and it doesn't seem to work for me. Where am I going wrong?

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Paul Murray

Paul Murray

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#3
You're probably using Illustrator, which shows a different result than Affinity. I'll see if I can tweak it and get it working in Illy too.
 
Paul Murray

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#4
Fixed it. Just make the object black in Illustrator instead of white and it should work.
 
@GCarlD

@GCarlD

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#5
Ah yeah, that's done the trick :)

It's probably worth mentioning in your first post that it is for Affinity as not many people have/ use it yet: White for Affinity | Black for Illustrator.
 
Paul Murray

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#6
I've changed the guide to mention you may need to use black instead. Not ideal but I can't guarantee which is the 'proper' colour to use.
 
scotty

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#7
Very handy actually.
Freehand used to have a very good function for selecting complimentary colours and it was pretty extensive.

This is how I do it:

Step1.
Pick a random colour.
Question. Does this colour make you feel sick?
Yes: Choose another colour.
No: Go to step 2

Step2.
Pick another random colour.
Question. Does this colour combination make you feel sick?
Yes: Choose another colour.
No: Send to client and demand payment.
 
@GCarlD

@GCarlD

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#8
Very handy actually.
Freehand used to have a very good function for selecting complimentary colours and it was pretty extensive.

This is how I do it:

Step1.
Pick a random colour.
Question. Does this colour make you feel sick?
Yes: Choose another colour.
No: Go to step 2

Step2.
Pick another random colour.
Question. Does this colour combination make you feel sick?
Yes: Choose another colour.
No: Send to client and demand payment.
:LOL: Haha, who needs colour theory and the colour wheel eh?
 
Drifter

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#10
In Adobe Illustrator
basically:
Window > Color > (top right flyout menu) Compliment
And to pimp that method up:
use the eyedropper tool on a colour, find the compliment and then
in the Swatch panel's flyout New Swatch.
 
Web Hosting UK

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#11
I myself also use the colour wheel and opposites to the current colour. Suppose it also depends on the customer how they'd want it to be.
 
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