Secondary Colors

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Secondary colors are obtained by mixing equal parts of two primary colors. They are located between the primary color in the color wheel.

With 3 primary colors, you got three secondary colors.

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By type of colorspace


In a additive colorspace (light, screen, monitor) such as rgb colors system, the secondary colors are <MATH> \begin{array}{rrrl} & yellow & = & red & + & green & \\ & magenta & = & red & + & blue & \\ & cyan & = & green & + & blue & \\ \end{array} </MATH>


blue + red is not purple as in the subtractive model but yellow


In a subtractive colorspace (ink, pigment, painting, printing) such as ryb colors system, the secondary colors are

<MATH> \begin{array}{rrrl} & & blue & + & red & = & purple \\ & & blue & + & yellow & = & green \\ & & red & + & yellow & = & orange \\ \end{array} </MATH>

Ryb 2)

blue + red is not yellow as in the additive model but purple.

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