The colors that never result from combining two other colors are the primary colors of pigment, while the colors that produce white light when combined are the primary colors of light. Each of these categories includes three primary colors.
The three colors of pigment are red, yellow and blue. Combinations of two primary colors create secondary colors, and combinations of three primary or secondary colors create tertiary colors. Orange, purple and green are the secondary colors of pigment.
The three colors of light are red, green and blue. The secondary colors of light are yellow, magenta and cyan. While yellow is a primary color of pigment, it is also a secondary color of light, as it results from combining red and green light.
- The primary colors blue and red can be combined to make the secondary color purple.
- The primary colors red and yellow can be combined to make the secondary color orange.
- The primary colors blue and yellow can be combined to make the secondary color green.
- Different shades of purple, orange and green can be created by altering the amount of each primary color used to create each mixed color.