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24 Powerful Images With Complementary Colors


Complementary colors are ones which are opposite on the color wheel.

Lacie Lynnae

By Lacie Lynnae

They appear often in nature and are called complementary because they do just that, complement one another. They work well and make strong compositions.

Examples of common color combinations that work are:

  • Orange and blue
  • Yellow and purple
  • Red and green

Here are 24 examples of images that use complementary colors for a powerful composition:

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