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Color Mixing Theory

Subtractive and additive color mixing theories

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Subtracting Mixing Color Theory

Subtractive color mixing theory deals with pigments or dyes with three primary colors magenta, yellow and cyan - which can be mixed together to form colors in the visible light spectrum. By mixing the primaries the subtractive secondaries black (magenta, yellow and cyan), red (magenta and yellow), blue (magenta and cyan) and green (cyan and yellow) can be made.

Primary ColorsMixed Color
MagentaYellowCyan
x x x Black
x x Blue
x x Red
x x Green

Additive Mixing Color Theory

Additive color mixing theory deals with mixing of light. The primary colors red, blue and green can be paired to form white (red, blue and green), magenta (red and blue), yellow (red and green) and cyan (green and blue).

Primary ColorsMixed Color
RedBlueGreen
x x x White
x x Magenta
x x Yellow
x x Cyan
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