Color Mixing Basics

The Basics of Mixing Colors

This page is just a brief introduction to mixing colors. For a more extensive explanation, go to Mixing Colors

What are the basic rules for mixing colors? If you mix two primary colors in equal parts, you get a secondary color.

Mix red and blue and you get purple.




Mix red and yellow and you get orange.

Mix yellow and blue and you get

Now, suddenly your three tubes of paint have become 6 colors.

Mixing equal parts of a secondary color with the primary color on either side of it will produce tertiary colors If you mix them in unequal parts, you will get varying hues of every secondary and tertiary colors until you have almost an unlimited number of colors.

Here is an example of using red and blue to make a violet which then has more red added to it to make it a red-violet. White is added to lighten the value so it is easier to see the color. Try to leave the original mixture untouched by white so you have it to work from once you have the right combination.

For more details, go to Mixing Colors


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