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What Two Colors Make Gray?

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Gray is made by mixing black and white. While black and white are technically not colors – black is a shade, while white is a tint – mixing the two in equal amounts yields a medium gray. No two pure colors can be mixed to make gray.

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What Two Colors Make Gray?
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Black is the complete absence of color, while white is made by combining the colors of the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet – in equal parts. Adding more white than black to the mix yields a gray that is lighter than medium gray. Adding more black than white yields a gray that is darker than medium gray. Medium gray is the neutral used to set the dark and light points in art and digital imaging.

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