Subtractive Colors are the ones made by pigments which we use to paint. Color pigments absorb or "subtract" certain wavelengths of color from the white background, and allow others to be reflected. We start with a White surface, and blend the subtractive primary colors (Magenta, Yellow and Cyan) to get all the others. The more colors we mix together, the darker the new one will be. If we blend them all, we get Black. By mixing two subtractive primaries, we produce subtractive secondary colors that match the primary colors in additive color mixing. Click and drag the circles around to mix the colors:

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

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