How to Make the Color Gold in a Color Wheel

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How to Make the Color Gold in a Color Wheel
A basic colour wheel (Primary Secondary & Tertiary Colour Wheel image by Sophia Winters from

With a little time and patience, you can create the colour gold on a colour wheel by mixing basic colours. It is possible for you to do it for both traditional mediums, such as paints and dyes, or for web and print.

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Things you need

  • Red paint/dye
  • Blue paint/dye
  • Yellow paint/dye
  • Colour wheel for web/print

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    Make the colour brown for paint or dye. Mix the primary colours red, blue and yellow. You will get a very dark brown colour.

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    Lighten your dark brown by mixing it with white. Start off with a small amount of brown. Add more yellow to your light brown colour to make a pale gold colour.

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    Keep alternating your brown and yellow colours until you get the desired gold colour. If your gold is still too dark, keep adding white to lighten it.

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    To make the colour gold for web or print, start off with the colour yellow (#ffff00) on your colour wheel. You can use the 4096 colour wheel or another colour wheel of your choice.

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    Colour wheels come in either RGB or CMYK. RGB stands for Red, Green, Blue, the main colours used to mix a variety of colours for web or print. CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and the Key colour (black). CMYK mixes ready-mixed colours for web or print to make other colours. Move over the different colours to make your gold colour.

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    Move your cursor closer to the orange hues between yellow and red to get your gold colour. To get more of a bright gold colour, move your cursor towards the yellow hues. To lighten your gold colour, move closer to white. To darken it, move it closer to black.

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