Color - Primary Color


Primary colors are the pure hue used in a colorspace to create other colors called secondary, tertiary, … by mixing.


  • cannot be obtained by mixture of other colors.
  • can be combined to make a useful range of colors known as secondary and tertiary colors (see wheel)

You will not be able to get a primary color by mixing other colors together,

Primary colors by colorspace type

Colorspace Type Usage Most known Primary Colors used Most known colorspace
additive combination of colors light: screen, monitor red, green, and blue RGB
subtractive combination of colors ink, dye, printing, painting, … cyan, magenta, yellow CMYK


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