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How to Make the Color Gold in a Color Wheel

Updated April 17, 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Maria Victoria has been freelance writing since early 2009 and writes primarily on arts and entertainment. She has a degree in computer animation from the International Academy of Design and Technology and has worked in the production industry as an animator, graphics designer and editor for the past six years.

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