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# On the color wheel there are opposites like red and blue. Is there like the official color wheel?

Question #70040. Asked by NoQuestion. (Aug 24 06 3:02 PM)

zbeckabee

Here you go:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_theory

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colors

 Aug 24 06, 3:16 PM
NoQuestion

Thank you zbeckabee. You have been very helpful

 Aug 24 06, 3:38 PM
Brainyblonde

Newton's Opticks first described spectral hue relationships in terms of a circle, which located purples (which Newton described as "more bright and more fiery" than spectral hues) between spectral red and violet. Newton used this circle to explain the colors resulting from proportional mixtures of any of his seven spectral hues in additive color mixture. (Newton's circle of colors).

Within two decades his circle was adopted by artists as a "color wheel" to explain color mixing with paints, or subtractive color mixture. During the 19th and early 20th centuries the circle was displaced by the colorimetric triangle (each corner for one of three primary colors) instead, but today the circle is again the dominant geometrical metaphor.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_theory

 Aug 24 06, 4:12 PM

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