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Subtractive Primaries

Magenta, Cyan and Yellow color wheel

The subtractive primary colours are cyan, yellow and magenta. These colours are used in print media for dye and pigments. They are distinct from the additive primaries used when considering light sources and RGB colour models.

In subtractive primary colours:

Subtractive primaries are so-called because they subtract (absorb) certain colours from the light falling upon them. This is how objects appear to be coloured — if you shine white light on them, they absorb certain frequencies of the light and the reflected frequencies create a colour.

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