Tertiary Colors

Tertiary colors are the resulting color formed when an equal amount of a primary and a secondary color are mixed. The primary and secondary color must be beside each other on the color wheel. For example, a mixture of 50-percent red and 50-percent magenta would result in the tertiary color of orange.

Recommended Reading: Webopedia’s The Science of Color and the Digital Camera Quick Reference.

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