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Subtractive Primaries

Yellow is one of the subtractive primaries used in process color printing. | Alph Index of Full Dictionary:

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Some of the many faces of the color yellow.

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One of the 4 colors used in 4-color (CMYK) printing and inkjet printers, yellow is one of the subtractive primaries, the others being cyan and magenta.

This is the Web color yellow: Hex #FFFF00 | RGB 255,255,0

Mixing equal parts of the additive primaries of red and green produces yellow. Combining varying amounts of yellow with cyan creates shades of green while yellow with magenta creates shades of red.

The yellow described here is a specific printing ink. For more on the symbolism of all shades of yellow, see Yellow Color Meanings.

Also Known As: canary | lemon | saffron

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