Colour chords

A colour chord is a spread of harmonious colours which can be used in conjunction with each other to produce appealing designs.

About colour chords

Colour chords are created by first choosing a base colour and then picking a chord type (built on professional colour theory). A spread of colours is then populated and stored in the current palette in the Swatches panel. You can then select from these colours as you design.

Example colour chords

Example colour chords created by applying the app's (a) Complementary, (b) Split Complementary, (c) Analogous, (d) Accented Analogic, (e) Triadic, (f) Tetradic, (g) Square, (h) Tints, (i) Shades and (j) Tones options to the base colour in the top row.

Chord types are based on the HSL colour wheel and include:

Panel Preferences To create a colour chord using the Swatches panel:
  1. From the category list pop-up menu, select a palette containing the base colour.
  2. From the palette, -click the base colour swatch and then select a chord type from the Create Colour Chord pop-up menu.
Panel Preferences To create a colour chord using the Colour panel:
  1. (Optional) On the Swatches panel, click Panel Preferences and choose an 'Add Palette' option.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • With no content selected, select a colour from the colour model's Wheel (HSL only), Sliders, or Boxes, or click the picked colour swatch.
    • Select page content containing the base colour. Remember to select the appropriate colour selector on the Colour or Swatches panel.
  3. On the Colour panel, click the Panel Preferences menu and select a chord type from the Add Chord to Swatch pop-up menu.