Monochromatic refers to:

  • Monochromatic colours are made by using variations of a single hue, including its shades (by adding black) and tints (by adding white).
  • Examples of monochromatic colour schemes include a range of blues or a range of pinks.
  • Monochrome and greyscale are sometimes confused. A greyscale image contains shades of grey, with no colour information.
  • Monochromatic colour schemes can be produced using various colour models, including HSB, RGB and CMYK.
    • In the case of the HSB colour model, simply start with a single base hue and then adjust saturation and brightness to produce monochromatic variants.
    • RGB and CMYK are less intuitive when creating monochromatic colour schemes.
    • The easiest approach when working with the RGB and CMYK colour models in an application such as Adobe Illustrator is to use the Blend Tool, Colour Guide or Recolour Artwork options.