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Color facts: Shades

Sometimes colors are best celebrated in a multi-colored way!
Sometimes colors are best celebrated in a multi-colored way!
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There are many colors in the world. In fact, colors are constantly being broken down into various groups: achromatic, primary, secondary, neon, pastel, neutral—and so on and so forth. Yet colors are far more diverse than simply these categories. There are literally dozens of color combinations that can be created by mixing different quantities of two or more colors together. These uniquely blended colors create different shades, hues and gradients within the same basic color. For example, both lavender and plum are considered to be purple colors, although lavender is very light whereas plum is quite dark.

Multiple colors are a frequent feature in fashion shows--this shows how colors can either compliment each other or clash.
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The hues of colors are dependent of the lightness, darkness, and saturation of the shade. Such gradient properties are known as the “tint” and “tone” of a specific color. Blue and green have the most gradients and black and white have the least but all colors have at least some variations—and certain adaptations are extremely famous colors in of themselves!

Peach is a famously light shade of pink while tangerine is a well-known form of light orange. Mint is an instantly recognizable form of the color green while aquamarine and teal are a mixture between green and blue. Magenta is immediately associated with pink while fuchsia is a mix between pink and purple. Maroon is synonymous with dark red while charcoal is known to be an extremely dark version of the color gray.

Every single color has some kinds of differences in shades and some of these shades are famous colors that most people cannot imagine being without. For anyone who is striving to be an artist, or trying to teach children basic lessons about colors, exploring the different shades and hues of each and every color is a good way to gain understanding about all the vibrancy around us.