This original animation from KET demonstrates how primary colors are sets of colors that can be combined to make a useful range of colors. There are two basic ways to produce color. First, use the primary colors of pigments (magenta, cyan, and yellow) to absorb or subtract wavelengths of light, as in mixing dyes, or in printing. Second, add various strengths of the primary colors of light (red, green, and blue), as in computer screen pixels.
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