Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Tenth Tute... on the Twelth: Colour Proportions

This month, let's look at colour proportions used in layouts. You may have heard of the idea of proportioning the colours of your layout so you have a predominant colour (usually, but not always the background), a moderate amount of another colour (such as for matting etc), and a highlighting colour (such as title and/or embellishments etc). I have heard this idea as “Gallon/Quart/Pint” but because this means nothing to me (give me litres!), I prefer to think of it in terms of “60/30/10”, that is 60% of a predominant colour, 30% of a moderate colour and 10% of a highlighting colour.

Let's look at some examples from some of our regulars...

In Lynette's “So Beautiful”

60% = White

30% = Red

10% = Black

In Maryanne's “1915”

60% = Pink

30% = Cream

10% = Brown

In Jodie's “Fun in the Sun”

60% = Green

30% = White

10% = Yellow

In Belinda's “Rory John”

60% = White

30% = Blue

10% = Red

This is not to say that you are restricted to only 3 colours. More colours may be used, just keep the proportions adding to roughly 60/30/10. Here are some examples:

In Mel's “Cleaning Nate Style”

60% = White

30% = Brown

10% = Green and Blue

In Dawn's “Our Doll”

60% = Pink

30% = Tan

10% = Blue and White

In Pamela's “All About Me”

60% = Cream

30% = Greens

10% = Red and Black

Hope this helps illustrate making the most of colour proportions! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.