Color theory is not the most difficult thing to understand but can get complex if your basis isn’t clear. It can be defined in simple terms, as the incredible number of ways the blending of colors works to come up with something that visually pleases the human eye and is sort of tuneful.
Light is something that mixes very differently than pigments do, so the scientific definitions of how the color scheming works and that of how it works on paper are two extremely different things. When we talk about paper color scheming, we need to put into consideration the fact that each material from paints to sketch pens to color pencils has a different density of the same color, and the material on which you are mixing them needs to be considered as well.
Answering the ultimate question:
The three primary colors are Red, Yellow, and Blue.
Mixing these primary colors is what gives us our secondary colors, the basic ones being: Violet, Green, and Orange. The last phase is where we mix these secondary colors to arrive at another set of color combinations that fall under the category of tertiary colors namely: Red-orange, Yellow-Green, Deep yellow, Blue-Green, Red-Violet, and Blue- Violet.
The scheming is in such a manner that the Primary Colors on a color palette cannot be created by mixing secondary colors together or tertiary colors or a combination of both secondary-tertiary colors. In this case the question ‘Does red and orange make yellow?’ speaks for itself. Red and Yellow are primary colors and Orange is not.
You cannot arrive at a primary color by mixing a tertiary and primary or secondary and primary colors. So, if Red and Yellow were mixed (both being primary colors) we could arrive at Orange, which is a secondary color.
The color that you would get by mixing Red and Orange, would be a shade of Red-Orange, which is sort of the color of Rust, just a darker shade.
Facts you might not have known about the Color Yellow :
● On the color spectrum, yellow is one of the most luminous colors out of all the colors present in the former.
● It is treated as the color of happiness and positivity, but on the flip side of the coin, the color also comes to anciently be described as the color of madness, betrayal, and depression.
● Yellow is also one of the most easily seen colors, backing the statement is a study from the University of Chicago, which suggested the same. This is one of the reasons the taxis in the US are painted yellow.
● The color yellow is seen to be as old as time itself, it was one of those pigments that was discovered in prehistoric times too, cave paintings and rock paintings had proof of the same and are still just as much in use.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q1. Do colors affect our mood?
A2. The answer to this is, yes. Colors do affect an individual’s mood. We can take, for instance, black. Black is treated as an ultimate color, either defined as the complete absorption or the absolute absence of light. It is usually figuratively seen to be the representation of darkness. Now, let’s consider white. White, unlike black, is treated as an achromatic shade but the complete opposite of what black was defined as. White is seen to represent freshness and happiness for reasons that cannot be defined at all, in fact probably does not even hold a very relevant one. When we come to look at it, white and black said aren’t colors at all, they are simply shades that somehow come to affect our moods.
Q2. Does gender in any way affect color perception?
A2. It might appear as a confusing fact to many, but studies have proven that women are certainly less tolerant to lighter shades like grey and ash colors than men, i.e. this also clears the debate about why men are likely more prove to enjoy lighter and duller colors than women, who find themselves inclined to darker or brighter shades like maroon or cherry red. Women are also sort of seen to be very color-conscious and picky because their tastes in colors are much more diverse than men.
Q3. Why is purple not considered a color?
A3. The cone cells in our eyes, a type of photoreceptor cells located in the retina, is the location from where our color vision comes from. According to scientific research, purple is NOT considered a color at all, even though we do see a shade of ‘violet’ in the rainbow. The reason behind this claim, we cannot find a beam of ‘pure’ light that looks purple. ( Pure Light was a proposed concept by Sir Issac Newton, it is defined as the light that is comprised of wavelength, something which is unbreakable, or cannot be broken down into colors or hues for that matter) So, the reason human beings are able to see the color purple is that the individual’s eye cannot define what’s really going on, it’s like a void that needs to be filled and that is what has come to be known as purple.
Q4. What is the rarest color to exist?
A4. It is going to be very difficult to come to terms with the fact that Blue, one of the most popular and likable colors in the world, is also the rarest of colors to ever have come to exist. It is considered to be the scarcest pigment to be found in nature. It might appear impossible to believe that that’s true, considering the fact that the earth is literally called the blue planet, what we see as blue isn’t really blue, it is just a reflection of the color. The water that we claim to be blue is actually the reflection of the sky, and the sky as well isn’t really blue, it is a dispersed version of the light that is thrust upon it, as a result causing us to see the color that way.
Q5. Is it important to have a color scheme?
A5. In order to reflect the niche one is trying to portray, having a color scheme is extremely important. We are not talking just in terms of physical aspects but of psychological ones as well. Colors help us to distinguish between superior amounts of categories and also contribute to shaping our emotions and thus, it becomes very important to have one. It is most useful in the fields of marketing.
Q6. Why is blue often an individual’s favorite color?
A6. Blue is considered to be the most liked color in the world. This does not have a scientific reason behind it, whims and fancies don’t really fit under that category, but it is said that the color blue, portrays a sense of stability and calm, which is favored by most.