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The phrase monochromatic or monochromatic colors refers to a single hue in a color palette that is expanded upon by adding two, three, or more shade or tints (variations in lightness and saturation) of that color, to create a more balanced look.

Compare to monochrome, which means one color. Typically one color is presented in different values and intensities — or different shades of the single color.

In desktop publishing using monochromatic colors is a technique used to vary color in the print document without paying to add additional colors.

Recommended Reading: Webopedia's monochrome and color wheel definitions.

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