Many design professionals and artists use the color wheel (also called the color circle) when deciding on the color systems in graphic design, interior design, and art. There are many variations of the wheel, but the most common is the RYB (red-yellow-blue) color system. Let’s define some terms you should learn when looking at the rainbow circle.
Three colors that can’t be mixed from any other shade. Primary colors of pigment are red, yellow, and blue.
A mixture of two primary colors (orange, green, purple).
Created by combining primary and secondary colors (red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, red-violet).
A color at its maximum intensity (the outer modules of the color wheel).
A color plus white.
A color plus black.
A measure of the brightness or strength of a color.
The shade created by mixing two complementary colors.