CHAPTER 11

Color Mixing Theory

COLOR MIXING AND COLOR THEORY

While lighting may sometimes be thought of as being similar to paint, they are indeed very different. The entire spectrum of color for lighting is different. For instance, in paint, the color black is the presence of all colors, but in lighting, the color black is the absence of all colors. As video and lighting begin to emerge, this line gets a little blurry. You might notice that many of the newer fixtures on the market use CMYK color mixing – a palette that until recently was reserved for the printing world. We’ll look at both RGB and CMYK as they pertain to lighting.

Different colors of lighting can be mixed to achieve different colors (just like when you mixed watercolors as ...

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