Blue is a lot of people’s favorite color, and if you take the time to admire its many shades, it’s easy to understand why it’s so hugely popular. The light blue shade, which we’re exploring here, is evocative, peaceful and cool, yet comforting. Light blue is a versatile color that’s a joy to work with for any creator. Let’s begin our journey through its myriad uses, color scheme combinations, and light blue alternatives.
Light Blue Hex Code
Light blue’s hex code is #add8e6. In the RGB color space, it consists of 67.8% red, 84.7% green, and 90.2% blue, while in the CMYK system it’s 24.8% cyan, 6.1% magenta, 0% yellow, and 9.8% black. You can make light blue paint easily, by adding white to blue.
Light blue color can also be described as pastel blue or very soft cyan. People often confuse it with blue-gray, cerulean, sky blue, and other similar shades. According to color psychology, light blue represents tranquility, trust, freedom, healing, and cleanliness. It’s an expansive and soothing color that sets a dreamy and contemplative mood. Just look at the logos of popular social media platforms and you’ll find that light blue color is widely used in marketing and branding. It can also be found on the country flag of Argentina, and is the color of choice for a number of universities and athletic teams.
How Do You Work with Light Blue Color?
The light blue color is a pleasure to work with, especially if you follow our tips on how to use the color in PicsArt.
If you’re editing online? No problem.
Step 1) Just open PicsArt Editor and select a size for your preferred social media platform, or click Custom Size and define the dimensions required.
Step 2) Start incorporating light blue color into your designs.
You should try:
Light blue templates
PicsArt has such a large collection of various templates that no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll surely find something suitable. Just click Templates and search for ‘light blue’. Alternatively, you can search for ‘blue’ and pick the ones that feature light blue. Click the template you like and start customizing it.
Light blue background
Light blue is the perfect background color in so many cases. To set the background color to light blue, click Color from the menu above the blank page, write in the light blue hex code, #add8e6, and click Enter. Voila, the background is now light blue and you can proceed with your edits.
Light blue font
Want to add light blue text? Just click Text and then Add a body text, type whatever you want to, click Color from the menu above, write in the hex code #add8e6, and click Enter. You can now play with the font and make other adjustments.
Light blue stickers
Click Stickers from the left-side menu and search for ‘light blue’. Scroll down to browse, from butterflies and stars, to aliens and Polaroid cameras. Click on the one you want to add to your canvas and start customizing it.
Light blue shapes
Do you think your design could use a light blue geometric, abstract or decorative shape? Click Shapes and then add the one you want. Now click Color from the menu above, input the light blue hex code #add8e6 and click Enter.
Step 3) Done with the edit? Click ‘Share’ or ‘Download’, and show your creativity off to the world.
If you prefer to edit on your smartphone, just follow these steps:
- Open the PicsArt app. Tap on the plus sign (‘+’) in the middle.
- Choose an image from your camera roll, or, if you want to start from a light blue background, tap on Draw & Color and then Custom in the Backgrounds menu subsection. Tap on the square in the upper-left corner and input the RGB parameters to set the background to light blue.
- Looking to add light blue stickers or text? Or maybe you want to draw in light blue color? Use Sticker, Text or Draw buttons from the menu below.
- Tap on Next and post your design on Insta or save it for later.
What Colors Complement Light Blue?
To find out what colors work well with light blue, we have to take a look at the color wheel. These are your best choices for a light blue color palette.
The most complementary color for light blue is #e6bbad, approximately Zinnwaldite. This pale pink shade sits right opposite light blue on the color wheel, creating a tension when the two colors are combined. In the RGB space, it is made up of 92.16% red, 76.8% green, and 68.63% blue.
Light blue color, along with #adbce6 (closest to Perano) and #ade6d8 (Ice Cold) creates an analogous color scheme. As it goes with analogous colors, these three create a harmonious blue color palette that’s really easy to work with.
Combine light blue with #e6add8 (close to French Lilac) and #d8e6ad (a light yellow-green close to Reef) to get a vibrant and bold triadic color scheme. In most cases, it’s better to emphasize only one of the colors, using the other two as accents.
A tetradic color scheme is made up of two complementary pairs. Here it’s light blue and Zinnwaldite (#e6bbad) along with Chinook (#ade6bb) and #e6add8 (approximately French Lilac).
Monochromatic palettes are quite trendy nowadays, which is great because they’re also easy to work with. Try combining light blue with a medium-light cyan (#72bcd4) and a very light cyan Alice Blue (#e8f4f8).
The idea behind split complements is to avoid the direct opposition of complementary colors, opting instead for the ones right next to it for a more serene look. Combine light blue with Melanie (#e6adbc) and a shade of Sidecar (#e6d8ad) for a split complementary palette.
What Is the Lightest Blue Color?
The lightest blue color is Alice blue, a pale azure with the hex code of #f0f8ff. Made up of 94.1% red, 97.3% green, and 100% blue, it is also referred to as white-blue or icy blue. The color said to be a favorite of Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter has even inspired the Broadway song Alice Blue Gown back in 1919.
What Are the Different Shades of Blue?
Are you looking for a shade of blue other than light blue? Check out some of these options:
Tiffany Blue, a mixture of blue and green, has come to symbolize a glamorous and luxurious lifestyle thanks to its association with the famous jewelry company. The color has a hex code of #0abab5 and is made up of 3.9% red, 72.9% green, and 71% blue.
Azure is a bright cyan-blue named after the famous blue mineral lapis lazuli. It has a hex code of #007fff and consists of 0% red, 49.8% green, and 100% blue. The complementary color of azure is orange (#ff8000).
If you’re considering moving toward greens, teal green may be the shade for you. Described as an elegant hue of blue-green, teal green is darker and richer than cyan. The color has a hex code of #0ABAB5 and consists of 3.9% red, 72.9% green, and 71% blue.
International Klein Blue
International Klein Blue (#002fa7) is a deep blue first mixed by the French painter Yves Klein. He described the color as “Only blue, a blue so intense and so deep that it is reflected in the eye as the sky over the sea.”
Create Fantastic Photos Using This Color
Ready to start editing with PicsArt but need that extra dose of inspiration? Take a look at some of the light blue edits from our community of creators.
Light blue color, as mentioned earlier, works really effectively as a background. Here the warmth of the portrait background’s brick brown combined with a lot of neutrals offset the blue, making for a beautiful edit.
This creator went all out with light blue stickers. Minimalism might be in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t d your own thing and swim against the tide.
This dreamy layout edit makes good use of the monochromatic palette. Notice how the photos engage your senses, be it the scent of the rose or the adrenalin rush of feeling like you’re on top of the world in the Ferris wheel.
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