Colour Theory: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Colours

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Colour Theory

Before understanding about the detailing of colour theory let us get acquainted with what a colour exactly means.

Colour is a component of light which is separated when it is reflected off of an object”. The hues of colours are divided into primary colours, secondary colours, and tertiary colours. Let us understand the basics of Colour Theory starting from the colour wheels.

Primary Colours

Primary colours are of three types. Yellow, blue, and red. The three colours cannot be created by mixing other colours. Primary colours can be combined to make secondary colours. Theoretically, if you mix yellow, blue and red, a colour of black shall be obtained.

Secondary Colours

When you mix two primary colours you will obtain secondary colours. The secondary colours are mainly Purple, Green, and Orange.

Red + Blue     = Purple

Red + Yellow = Orange

Yellow + Blue = Green

Tertiary Colours

The third sets of hues are known as tertiary colours.  These hues are made by mixing adjacent primary and secondary hues.

Yellow + orange = Yellow-Orange

Red + orange       = Red-Orange

Red + purple        = Red-Purple

Blue + purple       = Blue-Purple

Blue + green         = Blue-Green

Yellow + green     = Yellow-Green

The twelve primary, secondary and tertiary hues along with their tints, tones, and shades make up the colour wheel.

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