How can we help?

You can also find more resources in our Help Center.

11 terms

Color Science Terminology

STUDY
PLAY
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
Hue
Distinctive characteristics of a given color that enable it to be recognized by name
Intensity
The full strength or purity of a color
Saturation
chromatic purity: freedom from dilution with white and hence vividness of hue
Shade
Black added to a color to make it darker
Tint
White added to a color to make it lighter
Tone
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.