How to Make Orange Easily – Use These Colors!

Orange is a color that radiates warmth and energy. It’s often associated with autumn leaves, sunsets, and pumpkins. Orange is full of energy, lively, and versatile. You can incorporate it into various designs and projects.

How to Make Orange Quickly

The easiest way to make orange is to blend red and yellow together. Start with red and gradually add yellow until you achieve the desired hue.

Red + Yellow = Orange

What’s more, you can make many different hues of orange simply by changing the amount of red or yellow!

Additionally, you can make a variety of tints, shades, and tones by adding white, black, and gray, respectively to your orange.

How to make different Orange Hues

You can make different hues of orange by changing the ratio of red and yellow you use. Start with an equal blend of red and yellow. Add more red or more yellow to change the hue.

Orange will have either red or yellow undertones, depending on the proportion of each color. For example:

Orange + Red = Red-Orange

Adding red to orange creates red-orange hues. The more red you add, the stronger the red undertones in the orange will be.

Orange + Yellow = Yellow-Orange

On the other hand, adding yellow to orange creates yellow-orange hues. The more yellow you add, the more yellow undertones the orange will have.

Orange hues

Rose Red FF0061 255, 0, 97 0, 100, 62, 0
Crimson FF0009 255, 0, 9 0, 100, 96, 0
Vermillion FF4E00 255, 78, 0 0, 69, 100, 0
Orange FFA500 255, 165, 0 0, 35, 100, 0
Lemon Yellow FFFD00 255, 253, 0 0, 1, 100, 0
Electric Lime A9FF00 169, 255, 0 34, 0, 100, 0
Harlequin 52FF00 82, 255, 0 68, 0, 100, 0

How to Make Light Orange (Tints)

To create a lighter orange, add white to the orange mixture. The quantity of white determines how light the orange will be. The more white you mix in, the lighter the orange will become.

Combine orange with white to produce a lighter version of orange.

With translucent materials like dyes and watercolors, you can dilute the color by adding water instead of white, resulting in a lighter shade.

Orange Tints

Orange FFA500 255, 165, 0 0, 35, 100, 0
Ginger FFB324 255, 179, 36 0, 30, 86, 0
Butterscotch FFBF49 255, 191, 73 0, 25, 71, 0
Sandy Brown FFCC6D 255, 204, 109 0, 20, 57, 0
Khaki FFD992 255, 217, 146 0, 15, 43, 0
Peach FFE5B6 255, 229, 182 0, 10, 29, 0
Pink Champagne FFF2DB 255, 242, 219 0, 5, 14, 0

How to Make Dark Orange (Shades)

To darken orange, add black. This creates a shade. Mix in the black slowly to avoid overpowering the orange. The more black you mix, the darker the color will appear.

Combine orange and black to make a darker version of orange.

Alternatively, you can create a dark orange by mixing black into a blend of red and yellow, resulting in a dark shade of orange.

Orange Shades

Orange FFA500 255, 165, 0 0, 35, 100, 0
Sunset DB8E00 219, 142, 0 0, 35, 100, 14
Burnt Orange B67600 182, 118, 0 0, 35, 100, 29
Golden Brown 925F00 146, 95, 0 0, 35, 100, 43
Russet 6D4700 109, 71, 0 0, 35, 100, 57
Deep Taupe 492F00 73, 47, 0 0, 36, 100, 71
Bistre 241800 36, 24, 0 0, 33, 100, 86

How to Make Muted Orange (Tones)

Adding gray to orange will make it more muted and less saturated. This is called a tone. Tones are not boring, they’re in fact really complex and fascinating colors!

Mix orange with gray to create a muted orange.

Adding gray makes orange more muted and less saturated. The more gray you add, the more muted the color will be.

You can also create orange tones by mixing orange with its complementary color, which is blue.

Orange Tones

Orange FFA500 255, 165, 0 0, 35, 100, 0
Goldenrod EDA012 237, 160, 18 0, 32, 92, 7
Dark Goldenrod DB9B24 219, 155, 36 0, 29, 84, 14
Ochre C89537 200, 149, 55 0, 25, 73, 22
Khaki B69049 182, 144, 73 0, 21, 60, 29
Beige A48A5B 164, 138, 91 0, 16, 45, 36
Gray Olive 92856D 146, 133, 109 0, 9, 25, 43

Is Orange Cool or Warm?

The temperature of a color is determined by its proximity to either red or blue. Blue is considered a cool color, and red a warm color.

Orange is generally considered a warm color, as it is closer to red on the color wheel.

However, the temperature of orange can change depending on the specific shade and its undertones.

How to Make Cool Orange

Orange naturally has warm undertones, but you can make it cooler by adding a small amount of blue. In short, you can make your orange cooler by adding blue to it.

How to Make Warm Orange

To make a warmer orange, add a small amount of red or yellow to the base orange. Simply add either red or yellow to your orange, using any supply of your choice.

How to Make the Opposite of Orange

When looking at the color wheel, the opposite of orange is blue. While orange is a composite color, blue is a primary.

Blue is a primary color, meaning that it isn’t made from other colors.

Even though blue is a primary color, you can change how it looks by adding other colors to it.

Starting with a bright blue, add white to make it lighter, add black to make it darker, and add gray to reduce its saturation.

Adding either red or yellow will give you a different hue of blue, albeit less saturated.

How to Make Vibrant Orange

To make a vibrant orange, use pure, bright primary colors, which are nearer orange to start with.

Mix together a warm red and a warm yellow to get a vibrant orange. Other reds and yellows will still make an orange, but it will be somewhat muted.

A warm red will tend towards yellow, giving it a hint of orange. In the same way, a warm yellow will tend towards red, giving a tinge of orange. Mixing them together will give you the perfect brilliant orange.

What Two Colors Make Orange

The harmonious blend of red and yellow results in the creation of orange. When these two colors are mixed, they create a distinct, vibrant hue we call orange.

Red and yellow make orange when mixed together.

The red should be slightly more dominant than the yellow. The exact hue will depend on how much of each color you use.

How to Mix Orange with Dyes

Today it’s incredibly easy to make orange with all the art supplies available to us. Whether you’re using dyes, paints, food coloring, or pigment powder!

Tie-dye (fabric dyes)

The three primary colors used for tie-dye are turquoise, fuchsia, and yellow. You can mix them together to create new ones.

To make orange for tie-dye, mix together yellow and fuchsia dye powder in a 9:1 ratio in favor of yellow.

You’ll be left with a vibrant orange color. You can then adjust it by adding more of either color, or add water to get a lighter orange.

Since red is a stronger color, you’ll want to a higher proportion of yellow. It’s easy to overpower yellow and end up with a too-red color.

If you want specific orange recipes, I’ve got an article with easy tie-dye color recipes.

Food Coloring

Orange can also be made with food coloring dye. This special type of edible dye can color beverages, cakes, icing, slime, and more.

The three primary food dye colors are Red 40 (Allura Red), Yellow 5 (Tartrazine), and Blue 1 (Brilliant Blue).

To make orange food coloring, mix together 5 parts yellow for 1 part red.

Start by placing 5 drops of yellow food coloring in a small bowl. Add in 1 drop of red coloring, then mix together with a spoon. Adjust the color by adding more drops of either yellow or red.

When you’re happy with the result, you can use your beautiful orange in your frosting, batter, beverage, or more!

How to Mix Orange with Paints

Acrylic paint

Acrylic is a versatile paint which is water-based. It’s used for a variety of materials, such as canvas, plastic, glass, and metal.

You’ll find them in the form of a viscous liquid in either bottles, tubes, or jars.

For mixing orange, warm yellows like cadmium yellow or Indian yellow are best. Cadmium red light or vermilion can be used to achieve various shades of orange.

Mix cadmium yellow and cadmium red light to make orange with acrylic paints.

Start by squeezing some yellow paint on your palette or in a small container. Add in a small amount of red paint. Mix the two colors together with your palette knife or brush.

You can then adjust the color by adding more yellow or red paint. Experiment to achieve the desired orange hue.

You can also mix acrylic paint directly on the canvas while you’re painting by adding one to the other with your brush.

The same recipe works with heavy body, fluid, gel, or paste acrylic paint. Have fun painting your minis, models, figurines, and more!

Oil paint

Oil paints can be mixed straight out of the tube or you may change their consistency first with turpentine or other solvent.

To get orange oil paint, mix together cadmium yellow and cadmium red light.

Start by squeezing some cadmium yellow paint on your palette or in a container. Add some cadmium red light next to it. Begin blending the colors slowly, and add more yellow or red as needed.

Fabric paint

To make orange fabric paint, you only need to use red and yellow. They are both primary colors you’ll find in your standard fabric paint kit.

To make orange fabric paint, combine equal amounts of red and yellow fabric paint.

In a small container, mix together red and yellow paint until you achieve the desired shade of orange. Adjust the color by adding more red or yellow as needed.

You can then apply the orange fabric paint to 100% cotton fabric, such as t-shirts, denim, or canvas shoes. After painting, use a hot iron to set the color on the fabric.


Watercolor, also called aquarelle, is a type of paint which come in solid blocks or in tubes as a fluid paint.

Watercolors contain the same pigments as acrylic paints, but with a different binder. They work on the same mixing principle as acrylic.

Create orange watercolor paint by mixing together cadmium red light and cadmium yellow.

Watercolors can be thinned with water, producing the classic fluid effect on the canvas. Adjust the proportions of each color and the amount of water to achieve the desired shade of orange.


Gouache paint contains an additional ingredient, lime powder, which makes it opaque rather than translucent. Still, it uses the same basic pigments.

To make orange with gouache, mix equal amounts of cadmium red light and cadmium yellow.

Start by squeezing some red gouache paint onto your palette. Add some yellow paint next to it and blend the two together. You can also mix gouache directly on your canvas while painting.

How to mix Orange with Mica Pigment Powder

Mica powder is made from finely ground quartz minerals. It looks shiny and shimmery. It can be used in many crafts and with many mediums such as soap making, candle making, cosmetics, epoxy resin, and glass.

To create orange, mix red and yellow mica powders together.

You can mix the powders in their dry form or mix them with their respective mediums first. This recipe also works for pigment powders other than mica.

How to Mix Orange with LED Lights

To mix lights, we need to use the RGB color model. In this model, red, green, and blue are combined to create white.

To make orange light, use a combination of red and yellow LED lights.

Place a red and a yellow light in the desired location, and the emitted light will appear orange to the eye.

Alternatively, you can make orange by starting with a white light and adding an orange filter. The filter allows only orange light to pass through while blocking other colors.

What is the Difference Between Peach and Orange?

Peach and orange are two colors that look similar, but there is a big difference between them. Here’s how to tell the two colors apart:

Peach is a light orange color, while orange is a darker, more saturated color.

Peach is also softer than orange, which makes it ideal for more delicate fabrics. Peach has a warm, gentle feel to it, while orange is more vibrant and energetic.

What is the Difference Between Coral and Tangerine?

Coral and tangerine are two colors that share many attributes. But you can see a difference between them if you look closely. Here’s how to tell the two colors apart:

Coral is a blend of red and orange, with a higher concentration of red. This makes it look softer and more subdued.

Tangerine, on the other hand, is also a blend of red and orange, but it has a more balanced mix of the two colors, resulting in a brighter and more vibrant hue.

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