subtractive colour

Definition: (1) One obtained by removing a colour from white light e.g. red removed from white leaves green and blue, to create magenta; and so on. (2) Effects obtained by mixing inks or dyes of different colours: as each ink subtracts from white in order to create its colour, such a mixture becomes more dark as each ink is added. * Inks of secondary or subtractive colours are therefore more effective than for colour reproduction than inks of primary or additive colours.

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