# What happens when different colors are mixed?

## What happens when different colors are mixed?

Mixing the colors generates new colors, as shown on the color wheel or circle on the right. This is additive color. As more colors are added, the result becomes lighter, heading towards white.

## How do wavelengths affect color?

The colour of visible light depends on its wavelength. Each colour has a different wavelength. Red has the longest wavelength, and violet has the shortest wavelength. When all the waves are seen together, they make white light.

What color appears when you combine all wavelengths?

Colors like white and pink are not present in the spectrum because they are the result of our eyes’ mixing wavelengths of light. White is what we see when all wavelengths of light are reflected off an object, while pink is a mix of the red and violet wavelengths.

Do different wavelengths produce different colors?

As the full spectrum of visible light travels through a prism, the wavelengths separate into the colors of the rainbow because each color is a different wavelength. Violet has the shortest wavelength, at around 380 nanometers, and red has the longest wavelength, at around 700 nanometers.

### What happens when you mix primary and secondary colors?

By mixing a primary and a secondary color (for example, red and green) or two secondary colors (for example, orange and green) you get a tertiary color. Especially when you mix secondary colors, you usually get muddy colors like brown, gray, and black.

### Why do different wavelengths have different colors?

We see different wavelengths of light as different colors because they are associated to different wavelength, which activates different cells in the retina.

What is the relationship between the wavelength and frequency of the different colors?

Wavelength and frequency are inversely related so that longer waves have lower frequencies, and shorter waves have higher frequencies. In the visual system, a light wave’s wavelength is generally associated with color, and its amplitude is associated with brightness.

What do you observe with the wavelength and frequency of the different colors?

Since wavelength is inversely proportional to frequency the color sequence gets reversed. 400 nm is a dull violet (but violet always appears dull). 700 nm is a dull red. Wavelength varies with the speed of light, which varies with medium….red green blue.

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## How does light’s wavelength affect what you see?

When light hits an object — say, a banana — the object absorbs some of the light and reflects the rest of it. For a ripe banana, wavelengths of about 570 to 580 nanometers bounce back. These are the wavelengths of yellow light. When you look at a banana, the wavelengths of reflected light determine what color you see.

## Why does mixing yellow and blue make green?

Blue + Yellow pigment yields the color green Blue paint reflects most light at the short wavelengths and absorbs light of long wavelengths. Because blue paint and yellow paint both reflect middle (green appearing) wavelengths when blue and yellow paint are mixed together, the mixture appears green.

What happens when you mix different colors of light?

Additive color mixing is what happens when lights of different wavelengths are mixed. When we add all of the different wavelengths of sunlight, we see white light rather than many individual colors. It is called additive because all of the wavelengths still reach our eyes.

What happens in the process of additive color mixing?

Additive color mixing is creating a new color by a process that adds one set of wavelengths to another set of wavelengths. Additive color mixing is what happens when lights of different wavelengths are mixed. When we add all of the different wavelengths of sunlight, we see white light rather than many individual colors.

### What are the two types of color mixing?

There are two main types of color mixing: additive color mixing and subtractive color mixing. Additive color mixing is creating a new color by a process that adds one set of wavelengths to another set of wavelengths. Additive color mixing is what happens when lights of different wavelengths are mixed.

### How does the wavelength of a light wave affect its colour?

The colour of visible light depends on its wavelength. These wavelengths range from 700 nm at the red end of the spectrum to 400 nm at the violet end. Visible light waves are the only electromagnetic waves we can see. We see these waves as the colours of the rainbow. Each colour has a different wavelength.