Emotional Images: how to add feeling with muted tones and harmonious color

Using harmonious color schemes

Using the Monochrome palette

Using the Monochrome palette

Classic color harmonies combine shades of neighbouring hues on the color wheel, but you can also produce visually pleasing and harmonious color schemes by limiting your palette to monochrome.

Monochromatic color schemes are created by combining variations in lightness and saturation of just one segment of the color wheel.

Black, white, and grey can also be integrated. Try using shades of a passive hue such as blue or brown to establish a soothing, tranquil mood.

Using the Monochrome palette Using the Monochrome palette

One potential drawback of working with such a restrictive palette is that it can be tricky to highlight the focal point of your composition.

The mono scheme also lacks the vibrancy of the complementary scheme and the richness of the harmonic scheme. The key to success therefore, is to focus on texture and pattern to counteract the possible monotony of featuring just one hue.

PAGE 1: Choosing your color combinations
PAGE 2: Emotional images in low-key color
PAGE 3: Using harmonious color schemes
PAGE 4: Using the Monochrome palette
PAGE 5: Diffusing flash for softer colors

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