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Primary colors

The three basic colors—red, yellow, and blue—from which all other color can be produced, at least in theory

Cool colors

Restful colors like blue and green that tend to recede from the viewer

Warm colors

Stimulating colors like red and orange that tend to project toward the viewer


Distinctive characteristics of a given color that enable it to be recognized by name


The full strength or purity of a color


chromatic purity: freedom from dilution with white and hence vividness of hue


Black added to a color to make it darker


White added to a color to make it lighter


Range of light values from white to black, bright to dull

Additive Colors

Color created by superimposing light rays. Superimposing the three primary color lights - red, blue, and green - produces white.

Secondary Colors

The secondaries are cyan, yellow and magenta.

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