Additive Colors. In real life colors are nothing but… Light! Starting from the Black, which is really the absence of light, the primary additive colors, Red, Green and Blue, blend to make all the others, lighter and lighter every time. Light is perceived as white by humans when all three cone cell types of the eye are simultaneously stimulated by equal amounts of Red, Green, and Blue light. It is called 'Additive Colors' because we are 'adding' lights to create color. A color television, computer monitor and stage lighting all demonstrate this process. By mixing two additive primaries, we produce additive secondary colors that match the primary colors in subtractive color mixing. Click and drag the circles around to mix the colors:

Related Terms: Subtractive Colors, Primary Colors, Secondary Colors.

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