Most Frequently Asked Color Theory Interview Questions 2022

What is Color Theory?

Color theory is the collection of rules and guidelines which designers use to communicate with users through appealing color schemes in visual interfaces. To pick the best colors every time, designers use a color wheel and refer to extensive collected knowledge about human optical ability, psychology, culture and more.

Color is in the Beholders’ Eyes

Sir Isaac Newton established color theory when he invented the color wheel in 1666. Newton understood colors as human perceptions—not absolute qualities—of wavelengths of light. By systematically categorizing colors, he defined three groups:

  1. Primary (red, blue, yellow)
  2. Secondary (mixes of primary colors)
  3. Tertiary (or intermediate – mixes of primary and secondary colors)

Following Newton’s findings, the study of color advanced to cover the properties of color in its two forms—i.e., print/paint and screen/light—and in a variety of fields, from art to astronomy. A color’s properties are:

  • Hue – How it appears (e.g., “is green”).
  • Chroma – How pure it is: i.e., if it has shades (black added), tints (white added) or tones (grey added).
  • Lighting – How pale or saturated it appears.

Color Therory MCQ :-

Q.1 Which of the following is a tertiary color?

   A. Teal

   B. Green

   C. Blue

   D. Red

Correct Answer : Teal

Q.2 In which of the following color gradient types, the colors sweep around the starting point in a counterclockwise direction?

   A. Radial

   B. Diamond

   C. Linear

   D. Angular

Correct Answer : Radial

Q.3 Which of the following is a primary color?

   A. Purple

   B. Teal

   C. Violet

   D. Red

Correct Answer : Red

Q.4 Which color scheme is mostly used in minimalistic designs?

   A. Tetradic

   B. Monochromatic

   C. Analogous

   D. Complementary

   E. Triadic

Correct Answer : Monochromatic

Q.5 Which is the color system that is used by most printers?

   A. RYB

   B. CMYK

   C. RGB

   D. HSL

Correct Answer : CMYK

Q.6 Which color scheme is used in designs that require good contrast?

   A. Tetradic

   B. Monochromatic

   C. Analogous

   D. Complementary

   E. Triadic

Correct Answer : Triadic

Q.7 _ denotes a range of position dependent colors used to fill an area.

   A. Color Wheel

   B. Color Contrast

   C. Color Gradient

   D. Color Saturation

Correct Answer : Color Gradient

Q.8 Red and Blue colors combine to form _.

   A. Orange

   B. Purple

   C. Yellow



   D. Green

Correct Answer : Purple

Q.9 The attribute that defines the intensity of a color is called __.

   A. Hue

   B. Value

   C. Saturation

   D. Tint

Correct Answer : Hue

Q.10 In which of the following color gradient types, the colors are arranged in a straight line.

   A. Linear

   B. Angular

   C. Diamond

   D. Radial

Correct Answer : Linear

Q.11 Red and green are complementary colors.

   A. True

   B. False

Correct Answer : True

Q.12 All colors are a combination of red, blue, and green lights.

   A. True

   B. False

Correct Answer : True

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Q.13 Red and green are analogous colors.

   A. True

   B. False

Correct Answer : False

Q.14 Adding black to an original color will give you a __.

   A. Chroma

   B. Tone

   C. Tint

   D. Shade

Correct Answer : Shade

Q.15 The attribute that differentiates colors as red, blue, green is called __.

   A. Hue

   B. Saturation

   C. Tint

   D. Value

Correct Answer : Hue

Q.16 __ measures the variation among grays and refers to the darkness or lightness of a color.

   A. Saturation

   B. Shade

   C. Hue

   D. Value

Correct Answer : Value

Q.17 The color scheme created by choosing colors that are spaced evenly on the color wheel is called __.

   A. Tetradic



   B. Monochromatic

   C. Analogous

   D. Complementary

   E. Triadic

Correct Answer : Triadic

Q.18 The inability of a person to recognize blue/yellow color is known as __.

   A. Protanopia

   B. Deuteranopia

   C. Tritanopia

   D. Tetraneropia

Correct Answer : Deuteranopia

Q.19 Adding gray to an original color will give you a __.

   A. Tone

   B. Chroma

   C. Tint

   D. Shade

Correct Answer : Tone

Q.20 Which color system allows designers to match the colors irrespective of the equipment used for the color production?

   A. HSL

   B. CMYK

   C. PANTONE

   D. RGB

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