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Re: Mixing red and blue and stuff

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Stacey Bernstein (staceyb)
Mon, 8 Nov 1999 04:41:35 -0700

>Primary: Magenta, Cyan, Yellow
>Secondary: Red, Blue, Orange, Green, Purple
>**Primary means first or prime indicating those colors which cannot be mixed
>from two other colors. I would like to see her mix red and blue. Is she
>attaching a prioritized rating to the terms? This does not compute!

Well, when going to the print industry use of color... CMYK... then what
we commonly call red and blue (not magenta or cyan) are mixed using a
particular combination of cyan, magenta, yellow and black. So, that's
probably why that particular teacher says that red and blue are secondary.
I agree that's confusing in art terms of primary and secondary.

The permutations of color are pretty cool physics to explore, though. For
example: how the monitor displays Red Green and Blue (its primaries) to get
the millions of colors possible, and then how ones colors in a digital
document might change when formatted for print, CMYK if one did not create
the document for print from the beginning.
Another fun thing is how a shining color will cast its opposite in
shadow... kids always think that's pretty cool, and it helps them
understand why a shadow is not just gray or black.


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