Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Color Wheel & Wonders of 3 Primary Colors

I am really fascinated by the wonders of 3 Primary Colors which can produce a complete Color Wheel with 12 segments of colors.

I guess everyone knows which are the 3 Primary Colors? Of course they are they are Blue, Red and Yellow.

These colors are known as ‘Primary’ for the sole reason that they cannot be produced by a mixture or a combination of any other colors.

In the color wheel the Primary Colors are indicated by a capital letter ‘P’.

From the 3 primary colors we can create 3 Secondary Colors with a mixture of any 2 primary colors. They are Orange obtained by a mixture of equal quantities of Red and Yellow, Green derived from a mixture of Yellow and Blue and Violet which is the resultant mixture of Blue with Red. The secondary colors are indicated by a capital 'S'.

Is this the end of the color mixture magic? No! We can further create 6 more colors known as Tertiary Colors which are obtained from mixtures of Primary and Secondary colors. For example we get Red-Violet, Red-Orange, Blue-Green, Blue-Violet, Yellow-Green and Yellow-Orange colors. Again in the color wheel the tertiary colors are indicated by the capital letter, 'T'.

Isn’t it really fascinating and surprising that we can create many different colors just from 3 primary colors? What a wonderful surprise, yet so economical for painters and artists. We need not buy a packet of 12 colors as we can easily create on our own.

Of course the artist has to buy the ‘White’ color which is essential color for lightening the value of color called Tint. For example when White is added to Blue it will result in Light Blue, which is a tint of Blue.

If anyone is interested and curious to know more about color wheel and its theory please visit the web.


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  2. When you ask what are the primary colors, it depends to whom you are asking. To television engineers, like me, the three primary colors are red, blue and green. The CRT are used to produce these three colors.

    I presume you are an artist. Artists use red, blue and yellow although strictly speaking they are not considered as primary colors. But the choice of what are really the primary colors is bit arbitrary. Like if you talk to printers their primary colors are CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and key color (black)). This is called four-color printing. You must have heard this term.

    Just an addition to your knowledge, since you asked to drop in.

  3. @Dorji, you're confusing natural with mechanical. Otherwise, you raise an interesting philosophical point.

  4. @Unknown @Dorji, "you're confusing natural with mechanical. Otherwise, you raise an interesting philosophical point."

    Perfectly said!! How can you even try to argue this? It makes absolutely no sense.

  5. very well said JAcko and unknown. i completely agree with you guys i feel that the one who blogged this is an artist and is talking about natural colors not mechanical colors.

  6. thank u for showing us what the primary and secondary colors and how to make them each color . God bless u and have a before MARRY CHRISTMAS