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Colour theory

vocabulary for colour theory art and design vocabulary

TermDefinition
colour the element of art that refers to reflected light
primary colour colour that only contains natural pigments
secondary colour colour created by mixing primary colours
green colour created by mixing yellow and blue
violet colour created by mixing red and blue
orange colour created by mixing red and yellow
tertiary colour colour created by mixing a secondary colour and a primary colour
turquoise colour created by mixing blue and green
hue the name of a colour
saturation the intensity or purity of a hue
high saturation the colour is really bright
desaturation the colour looks washed out or greyed out
value the degree of lightness or darkness of a hue
shade a hue produced by adding black
tint a hue produced by adding white
tone a hue produced by adding grey
foreground the part of the picture that is nearest to the viewer
background the part of the picture that is furthest from the viewer
Created by: caddyny