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Secondary colours

If two of the primary colors are mixed together, a secondary colour is created. As more colors are mixed, the selection of colors grows.

Additive secondary Colours

Additive Secondary Colours

When two additive primary colours are mixed, a secondary colour is produced. In this case it is either Cyan, Magenta or Yellow.

Secondary additive colours are produced by mixing two other additive primary colours together.

The additive primary colours are Red, Green and Blue.

When these additive colours are mixed, they produce three other secondary colours. These are:

  • Cyan
  • Magenta
  • Yellow

If then these secondary colours are mixed, they produce what are called 'Tertiary Colours'

We use subtractive primary colours when we are mixing paints or inks. In the case of inks and printing, the colours used are Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and black. (CMYK for short)

Subtractive secondary Colours

Subtractive Secondary Colours

When two subtractive primary colours are mixed, a secondary colour is produced. In this case it is either Violet/purple, Orange or Green.

Secondary subtractive colours are produced by mixing two other subtractive primary colours together.

The additive primary colours are Red, Green and Blue.

When these subtractive colours are mixed, they produce three other secondary colours. These are:

  • Violet/purple
  • Orange
  • green

If then these secondary colours are mixed, they produce what are called 'Tertiary Colours'

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