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Properties of Color

Properties of Color

Author: Maria Tucker

In this lesson you will learn about the basic characteristics and terminology associated with color.

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  • Color Spectrum

    The seven hues of visible light: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. These hues are arranged on the spectrum by wavelength.

  • Sir Isaac Newton

    English physicist, mathematician and color theorist who decomposed light into the colors of the spectrum, devised the Particle Theory of Light and created the first color "circle".

  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    German writer and artist who studied the physiological effects of color. Goethe opposed Newton's analytical data and also created a color circle.

  • Color Temperature

    A measurement in Kelvin used to describe lighting conditions when viewing color.

  • Value

    Another term for lightness or darkness.

  • Hue

    The name of a color.

  • Saturation

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