Background color and complimentary font-color

Posted on 2013-11-06
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
Does anyone have a good reference site for pastel color ranges (background) with complimentary font colors?
Question by:Gary
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by:Chris Stanyon
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Hey Gary.

There's a somewhat scientific approach to which colours work well together, depending on the feel you need. I tend to play around with just to get an instant idea of what works. You can chose various colour models, but the one I tend to find most pleasing is the 'complement' model - pick a main colour and it will give you 3 colours from that range, plus a complimentary colour.

Although I say it's somewhat scientific, there's no rules on this, so it will come down to preference and purpose, but a colour wheel may give you some inspiration..or at least a starting point
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by:Chris Stanyon
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Forgot to mention, if you select the Adjust Scheme tab from below the wheel, there's some preset pastels schemes already in there.
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I was looking for something more like the below with a few schemas but also the complimentary font color so I can just peruse and see which I like best (barring any tweaks)

Though after a little play I may be able to work with that link...
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Chris Stanyon earned 500 total points
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Ahhh. OK.

Just had a little play, and with your site, the link I provided and the ColorZilla plugin for Firefox, you'd have a pretty handy toolset.

Open the 2 sites, find a pastel colour from colorschemer, click the ColorZilla eyedropper from the toolbar and paste the Hex Code that's copied to the clipboard straight into You can then look at the various colour models based on your primary colour. Maybe a bit of a faff, but you'll at least have lots of options :)

On the colorschemedesigner, you have buttons to preview the colours in a webpage format - both light and dark versions of your scheme.
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Will have a play tomorrow, heading out.

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