How to Make Magenta (Primary Colors RYB Model)

In this article, we are going to talk about what colours make magenta. In school, we learned that by mixing primary colours we can make secondary and tertiary colours. However, there are a wide variety of colours that can be created by mixing other colours together.

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Primary Colors RYB Model (Red, Yellow, Blue)

Your elementary school teacher most likely taught you about different colours by showing you the colour wheel. As you can see from the chart, there are three primary colours: red, blue, and yellow.

Secondary colours are orange, violet, and green. These are important colours that help create the Tertiary Colors, which are red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, and red-violet.

You can experiment by combining different colours to achieve different results.

However, there are many colours that are not represented on the colour wheel. Neutral colours, for example, are not included. These are the colours white, grey, and black. What about the colour magenta? In this colour theory, where does magenta fit?

CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black)

Different colour models exist in the colour theory. Above, we discussed the RYB Model.

Now we’d like to introduce you to the CMYK Model. This colour model is primarily used for colour printing. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black are the colours in the CMYK model.

The CMYK model, which is commonly used in traditional colour printing, provides light colour ranges and can be combined with black to produce darker, deeper colours. As you can see, magenta is included in this colour model.

Now that we’ve learned about the various colour models and where magenta fits in, Let’s talk about the colours we need to combine to make magenta.

RGB Model (Red, Green, Blue)

We talked about the RYB Model which consists of basic primary colours that you learned in elementary school.

We also talked about the CMYK Model which is mainly used when talking about print colours, but we haven’t talked about the RGB Model.

RGB Model is commonly talked about with TV, computer, or video displays. The RGB model is an “additive” model.

As you can see in this chart, you can also mix two colours together to get a new colour. In the RGB model, you can mix green and blue together to get Cyan. And you can mix green and red together to get yellow.

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What Two Colors Make Magenta?

This is not as simple to explain as it sounds, as magenta can be considered a primary and secondary colour in various colour models. Let us explain.

When talking about pigments or dyes, red, blue as well as yellow are considered primary colours. This is known as the RYB model, which is used to mix paints.

Combining these colours will then form your secondary colours and then your tertiary or intermediate colours. All these colours can be seen on the colour wheel. 

However, many use the modern colour model that uses magenta in place of red, cyan in place of blue, and yellow, which are the primary colours.

When mixing red and blue paint, depending on the type of red or blue, it should give you a violet or purple colour. The following are other important colour models many use every day.

Subtractive Color Model

This is when colours are created from reflected light, such as when mixing paint and pigments in printing. This colour scheme also includes magenta, cyan, and yellow.

When light is shone on pigments or chemical dyes, they absorb or subtract some wavelengths while reflecting others.

To make cyan, for example, cyan will absorb red, which will then leave green and blue. Magenta absorbs green, leaving yellow and red, which produces magenta. In printing, the cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK) model is used, where these colours are used to create all other colours, including black.

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