Definitions

Tertiary color

Tertiary color

A tertiary color is a color made by mixing one primary color with one secondary color, in a given color space such as RGB or RYB.

Unlike primary and secondary colors, these are not represented by one firmly established name each, but the following examples include some typical names.

RGB or CMY primaries

Tertiary color names are seldom used in descriptions of RGB (or equivalently CMY) systems, but the names below represent colors in the right hue neighborhood.

cyan (●) + blue (●) = azure (●)
blue (●) + magenta (●) = violet (●)
magenta (●) + red (●) = rose (●)
red (●) + yellow (●) = orange (●)
yellow (●) + green (●) = chartreuse (●)
green (●) + cyan (●) = spring green (●)

Traditional painting (RYB)

In the red–yellow–blue system as used in traditional painting, tertiary colors are typically named by combining the names of the adjacent primary and secondary.

red (●) + orange (●) = red-orange (●)
orange (●) + yellow (●) = yellow-orange or amber (●)
yellow (●) + green (●) = yellow-green (●)
green (●) + blue (●) = blue-green or aquamarine (●)
blue (●) + violet (●) = blue-violet (●)
violet (●) + red (●) = red-violet (●)

See also

References

Search another word or see tertiary coloron Dictionary | Thesaurus |Spanish
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature