What is color theory?
Color theory is the general application of color principles to design. It includes several types of additive and subtractive color systems that define a range of colors that can be used online, digitally, or in print. Color theory addresses the full range and spectrum of possible colors by grouping them together so that designers can get the final results or better understand how the different colors relate to each other.
Additive und subtraktive Farbsysteme in der Farbtheorie verwenden eine Reihe von Grundfarben, um andere Farben zu erzeugen. Eine der gebräuchlichsten ist das RGB-System, das Rot, Grün und Blau in verschiedenen Mengen verwendet, um die volle Color palette im Spektrum zu erhalten. Ein anderes populäres System, das beim Drucken verwendet wird, beinhaltet die Verwendung der vier Farben – Cyan, Magenta, Gelb und Schwarz, um Farben durch ein subtraktives Farbsystem zu mischen.
Aside from these systems, color theory is also useful in evaluating color elements such as lightness, saturation, and hue. Manipulating these properties provides the spectrum of colors used in modern computing and design applications.
Much of the color theory used in today's information technology world is based on the dynamic emergence of sophisticated color models that emerged in the 1990s when systems such as VGA or Super VGA graphics replaced the primitive systems of the 1970s and 1980s with monochrome or on certain basic colors are restricted. With the advent of new operating systems and new digital technologies for displaying images on a screen, color theory has become a much larger part of what is done in digital computing. This also led to the use of hexadecimal values to represent each color in the spectrum, a system that is still popular today in HTML and other programming languages.