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Subtractive Color

Subtractive color - Subtractive color is created by light reflected off of a pigmented or dyed surface. Cyan, magenta, and yellow (CMY) are ...

Spreading Effect

Spreading effect - The spreading effect refers to the tendency of a color to take on some of the qualities of an adjacent color. In the imag...

Simultaneous Contrast

Simultaneous contrast - Simultaneous contrast is the optical alteration of a color by a surrounding color. In the image below, the gray squa...

Secondary Colors

Secondary Colors are the hues created by mixing adjacent primary colors. In paint, orange, green, and violet are secondary colors. [seco...

Saturation

Saturation - Saturation refers to the purity or intensity of a color. A "vivid" color is a highly saturated color and a "muted" or "dull" co...

Primary Colors

Primary colors - Primary colors are the hues from which virtually all other color can be mixed. Red, yellow, and blue are the subtractive (p...

Monochrome

Monochrome - Monochrome refers to a color scheme based on one hue. A monochromatic color scheme can include all brightness and saturation variati...

Local Color

Local color - Local color refers to one manner in which color is used to describe shapes. Local color specifically refers to a use of color ...

Hue

Hue - Hue refers to a specific wavelength of color and is typically described as the name of the color. For example, blue, red, green, and y...

HSB

Hue, Saturation, Brightness (HSB) - Color can be accurately described by defining the hue, saturation, and brightness of the color. Someone could...

Halo Effect

Halo effect - The halo effect refers to the tendency of color to take on some of the qualities of an adjacent color, specifically along edge...

Expressive Color

Expressive color - Expressive color refers to one manner in which color is used to describe shapes. Expressive color specifically refers to ...

Complementary Colors

Complementary - Complementary color refers to a color scheme based on hues that are opposite on a color wheel. Red and green are considered...

Color Wheel

Color Wheel - A color wheel is an organization of hues around a circle, showing relationships between colors considered to be primary colors...

Color Temperature

Warm/Cool -Warm/Cool colors or color temperature refers to the physical or visual heat suggested by a color. Warm colors such as yellow and ...

Color

Color is a general category of visual experience that includes the components of hue, brightness, and saturation. Color can be specifically defin...

Brightness

Brightness - Brightness refers to the relative lightness or darkness of a color. This is generally achieved by adding black or white to a c...

Analagous Colors

Analogous - Analogous color refers to a color scheme based on hues that are adjacent on a color wheel. Red and orange are considered analogo...

Additive Color

Additive color -Additive color is color created by beams of light. Red, green, and blue (RGB) are referred to as additive primaries and are ...