If you mix cyan paint with magenta, what will you get?

1 Answer
May 11, 2016



Let us first understand the difference between

  1. Colours produced by mixing of coloured lights and
  2. Colours produced by mixing of paints.


The above figure shows Additive colour mixing for item 1, coloured lights case.


The above figure shows Subtractive colour mixing for item 2, paints case.

As seen above mixing Cyan and magenta paints will result in Blue.
Experiment with RGB colour mixer.


In subtractive colours mixing, we have RYB model which is represented as below in a colour mixing triangle.

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Red, Yellow and Blue are primary colours shown at the three vertices of the triangle. These colours cannot be made by mixing other colours.

When we mix two primaries colours together, we create a Secondary colour .
Mixing blue and red creates Purple.
red and yellow make Orange.
yellow and blue make Green.

Mixing three primary colors together results in a tertiary colours.
These are shades of browns and grays.