Color Schemes and T-Shirt Designs

If you’re wondering how to create T-shirt designs with colors that work well together, you must first understand a little bit about color theory. There are three basic concepts, or schemes, to know: monochromatic, complementary, and analogous colors.

Monochromatic colors are shades (darker) or tints (lighter) of the same hue. Using monochromatic colors works well when some elements of the design can be subtle.

Complementary colors fall opposite each other on the color wheel. The high contrast is bold and attention-grabbing.

Analogous colors are groups of three colors found next to each other on the color wheel. This combination can give a harmonious and sophisticated look to a T-shirt design.

Understanding color theory can help you create shirts with attractive color combinations.

Angela Medgyesi

Angela Medgyesi serves as marketing graphic designer for Stahls' Transfer Express. 

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