Information About Secondary Colors With Pictures to Ponder Upon

Secondary colors of light
What is common in the colors orange, green, and purple? They are secondary colors! Let's find out more about secondary colors, and how they are made, through this Buzzle post.
Color or No Color?
Scientists believe that the mixture of all colors is white, and the absence of colors is black. Painters believe in a completely opposite theory; a mixture of all colors is black, whereas, the absence of color is white. What do you think?
Remember trying to make different shades of colors when painting? Just combining two colors in different shades gave us a plethora of shades to experiment with. That's the beauty of colors! It's hard to believe that colors are just an illusion in our eyes.

The beauty of colors can be best understood by a color wheel; whether you want to know what the combination of two shades will make, or find the complementing color to some shade. The three basic colors from which all other colors can be made are called primary colors. These primary colors, when combined, result in three different shades, called secondary colors.

What are Secondary Colors?

Secondary Colors on a Color Wheel

The definition of secondary colors is very simple. Basically, colors made by mixing two primary colors in equivalent quantities are called secondary colors. There are two color systems, and both of them have different primary and secondary colors.

Secondary Colors of Light (additive colors)

In an additive color system, a color is made by mixing the light of two or more different colors. This system is also called the 'system of light'. The primary colors in this system are red, green, and blue. The secondary colors here are cyan, magenta, and yellow. This system is used in computer monitors, televisions, and the lightning in clubs and concerts.

Secondary Colors of Pigment (subtractive colors)

The other color system is the subtractive color system. In this system, the colors are formed by mixing pigments. The primary colors in this system are red, yellow, and blue. The secondary colors are violet (purple), orange, and green. This system is used in painting, making dyes, and other natural colorants.

How to Make Secondary Colors


BLUE + GREEN = CYAN
GREEN + RED = YELLOW
RED + BLUE = MAGENTA

BLUE + RED = VIOLET
RED + YELLOW = ORANGE
YELLOW + BLUE = GREEN

When a primary and a secondary color is mixed, a tertiary color is formed. You can go on to make as many shades as you like. Scientists have proven that we can see 10 million different colors. That's amazing, right? After all, colors are nothing but light playing with our brains. When light is completely reflected, we see white. When it is completely absorbed, we see black. Other colors too are formed as a result of the different actions of light.
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