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Properties of Color

Properties of Color

Author: Nancy Esslinger

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

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Terms to Know
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.

Color Temperature

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


The name of a color.

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.


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

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".


Another term for lightness or darkness.