What is color?

  • The property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the objects reflects or emits light.
  • One, or any mixture, of the constituents into which light can be separated in a spectrum or rainbow.

White light

  • The reflection of all wavelengths of visible electromagnetic radiation.

Visible spectrum

  • Light waves that fall within wavelengths that the human eye is capable of seeing.
  • microwaves, UV rays, gamma rays, X rays, sound waves, radio- outside the visible spectrum

Electromagnetic spectrum

Additive colors

  • red
  • green
  • blue

Subtractive colors

  • yellow
  • magenta
  • cyan

Combining subtractive colors

  • combining any two subtractive creates an additive color
  • magenta+yellow=red
  • cyan+yellow=green
  • magenta+cyan=blue
  • combining all subtractive colors eliminates color creating neutral density
  • magenta+yellow+cyan=gray

Compliment colors

  • as additive and subtractive color that combine to create neutral density
  • red+cyan=neutral density
  • green+magenta=neutral density
  • blue+yellow=neutral

Compliment colors acrynoms







Color combination



Cite this article as: William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team), "Color Theory," in SchoolWorkHelper, 2019, https://schoolworkhelper.net/color-theory/.

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