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Color in Context

Color in Context

Author: Nancy Esslinger

In this lesson you will learn to analyze color design examples and apply knowledge of principles and elements that you have learned in this unit.

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Terms to Know

having no discernable hue.

Additive Color Process

The mixing of color with light; additive color is seen when light is projected.

Analogous Colors

Hues which sit next to each other on the color wheel; analogous colors on one side of the color wheel are considered warm and on the other, cool.

Complementary Colors

Two hues which sit directly opposite each other on the color wheel.


a multi-step arrangement of swatches of achromatic grays; Each step in a gray scale represents an even progression in value, from white to black.

Hexadecimal Color

The color system used to describe web pages, defined by the base 16 notational system; Combinations of the numerals from 0 through 9 and letters from A though F are assigned to each color in this system.

Primary Colors

The triad of red, blue and yellow on the subtractive color wheel or red, green and blue (RGB) on the additive color wheel.


Another term for the intensity of a color, usually refers to the vividness or purity of a color.

Subtractive Color Process

The mixing of color with pigment; subtractive color is seen when light is absorbed or reflected by pigment.


Another term for lightness or darkness.