Introduction- Now I'm sure you all know about the original primary colors which are red, blue, and yellow, but are those really the primary colors and if so, why? Firstly, the answer to if red, blue, and yellow are primary colors, no they are not. According to Learn the actual primary colors are cyan, magenta, and yellow. The theory behind that is yellow and magenta make red, yellow, well is yellow, and magenta and cyan make blue/violet. So if you think about it, if red, yellow, and blue can be made from pre-existing colors, so they are not primary colors. If you look at the color wheel in this article it shows that yellow, magenta, and cyan also can make green, (Green is not a primary color.)
Why did the primary colors change?- According to John Muir Laws the Conventional Color theory using red, yellow, and blue won't work. If you were painting a pretty picture with those colors, eventually when you mix too much it would turn the color of mud, and your painting would be ruined. Whereas if you were painting a picture with yellow, cyan, and magenta, the colors would just form new colors. Even your TV works this way with yellow, cyan, and magenta, and even theatres lights so that they can hit in the same spots to make different colors. But in the real world, red, blue, and yellow are actually the primary colors. In the color spectrum, light, and physics the primary colors are yellow, magenta, and cyan. Stephen Westland, Professor of Colour Science at the University of Leeds in England claims that, "We see because light enters our eyes," he says. "Light enters our eyes in two ways: directly from a light source; and reflected from an object. This leads to two types of colour mixing, additive and subtractive."
Conclusion- In conclusion, the colors red, yellow, and blue are actually the primary colors in one way. And yellow, cyan, and magenta are the primary colors in another. Red, yellow, and blue are the primary colors in real life situations such as painting. But magenta, cyan, and yellow are the primary colors in technological ways, like light waves, radio waves, and TVs. If you look up on google what the primary colors are, it will say red, yellow, and blue. But if you do more research then you'll find out the back story behind it. Thank you for reading and I hope this cleared everything up!
Story by Ciella Steury