Color is all around us. The computer screen you are reading this on can create millions of colors. However, each one originated with a combination of eight basic colors.
Color theory is the study of how colors mix with each other to create other colors.
There are three primary colors, red, blue and yellow. They are called primary because these pigments cannot be created from other colors.
The secondary colors are green, orange and purple. These colors are created by mixing the primary colors. Yellow and blue make green, red and yellow make orange, and blue and red make purple.
Black and White
Colors are altered by the addition of black or white. In color theory terms, if you add black you shade the color, if you add white, you tint the color.
The Color Wheel
The color wheel is a graphic representation of the relationships among colors.
Sir Isaac Newton presented the first color wheel in 1666.
Susan Brockett worked in the computer industry as a technical writer for nearly 20 years at companies including Motorola and Dell Computer Systems. In addition, her articles have appeared in Society of Technical Communications publications. Brockett has a master's degree in English composition and communications from Kansas State University.