Blue and Yellow Dont Make Green: Or How to Mix the Color You Want-Every Time by Michael WilcoxThe ideas in this book are probably not news to artists, but they were new to me, so it was instructive. But, even though its a short book, he explains things to death. There was *lots* of repetition of the same basic idea.
The basic idea is that when you mix blue and yellow, they dont always make a nice, clear green as you might expect based on what you were taught in school. You might end up with a muddy brownish olive instead.
The reason that might happen is because no paint color is true blue, yellow, or red. All yellows are either greenish or reddish; all reds will be either bluish or yellowish; and all blues will have either a yellowish or reddish cast to them. If you mix blue with a reddish yellow, its almost the same as if you mixed in a little red along with the blue and yellow, so you come out with a muddy greenish color. To get a nice, clear green you have to mix the blue with a bluish yellow. And the same for the other colors. A yellowish red mixed with a reddish yellow will give a clear orange; if you use a bluish red or a bluish yellow, or both, the color will be more subdued and brownish. According to the author, you mostly only need six colors -- two versions of each primary color -- to mix just about any color you want to use, so you can save a lot of money by not buying colors you dont need. Once you read this basic idea it seems obvious, like something you probably should have been able to figure out.
Thats not the only idea in the book; the author does tell a little bit about what color names or ingredients tip you off as to whether youve got a bluish or a yellowish red, for example, in case youre not good at figuring it out. And he talks about which pigments tend to be higher quality, which tend to be more opaque and which transparent, and which colors other than the primaries might be useful and why. Still, some of the Amazon reviews Ive read cite books on the same topic that are supposed to be better, those might be worth checking out. I might take a look at Color Choices by Stephen Quiller and Color Right from the Start by Hilary Page.
Mixing Yellow and Blue Does NOT Make Green
This particular question was inspired by a thread in Designers Guild , a Facebook community that I moderate. Recently, pixel artist and game designer Slynyrd published a great blog post walking readers through a process for creating awesome pixel art color palettes. The tutorial focuses on selecting colors by manipulating HSB properties hue, saturation, and brightness. Generating a single swatch with the HSB scales feels the most analogous to picking out a swatch from a color book in real life: you basically choose the general color you want hue then filter down to find your swatch by selecting for finer attributes of that general color saturation and brightness. Like a swatch book, HSB provides a great scale for finding a color.
Turquoise, also known as aquamarine, falls between blue and green along the color spectrum. Turquoise can range from soft, pale hues to vibrant, intense shocks of color — and unless you are able to find a container of pre-mixed turquoise, you will need to mix blue and green paint yourself to get the exact shade that you want. For a basic turquoise: mix cyan blue with a slightly smaller increment of green. If you want to mix different colors to get turquoise, purchase green and blue paint online or at an art supply store. You can use acrylic, watercolor, oil, or any other kind of paint, as long as the green and blue are the same kind of paint. Squeeze out two parts blue paint to one part green paint onto a plate or a palette, then mix the colors together with a brush, adjusting the ratio if needed. If you want a paler shade of turquoise, you can also add in white or yellow paint.
There are two types of color mixing: additive and subtractive. In both cases, mixing is typically green–red–blue additive mixing is used in television and computer monitors, including smartphone displays, to produce a wide range of colors.
you re your own worst critic
What color do you get when you mix blue and yellow?
But that's not the end of the story. In fact, it's only the very beginning. - If you mix red, green, and blue light, you get white light.
There are two types of color mixing : additive and subtractive. In both cases, mixing is typically described in terms of three colors and three secondary colors colors made by mixing two of the three primary colors in equal amounts. The additive mixing of colors is not commonly taught to children, as it does not correspond to the mixing of physical substances such as paint which would correspond to subtractive mixing. Two beams of light that are superimposed mix their colors additively. By convention, the three primary colors in additive mixing are red , green , and blue. In the absence of light of any color, the result is black.
The three primary colors are red , yellow , and blue ; they are the only colors that cannot be made by mixing two other colors. The three secondary colors are green, orange, and violet; they are each a mixture of two primary colors. Their hue is halfway between the two primary colors that were used to mix them. On the color wheel, the secondary colors are located between the colors they are made from. The six tertiary colors red-orange , red-violet , yellow-green , yellow-orange , blue-green and blue-violet are made by mixing a primary color with an adjacent secondary color.