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How is mixing light different from mixing paint?

So the easy way to remember the difference between additive and subtractive color mixing is that additive color mixing is what happens when we mix lights of different colors whereas subtractive color mixing occurs when we mix paints or other colored material.

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In this manner, why is mixing paint different from light?

ELI5: Why does mixing lights result in a different color than mixing paint? Mixing light together is simple addition. Adding red light to green light gives you yellow light, add in blue and get white light. Paint, on the other hand, is about absorption and reflection.

Similarly, does light mix the same way as color do? Because when you mix colours as in paints/pigments it does not work the same way as with light. But they will not make white paint. (Actually sometimes cyan, yellow, and magenta are used as primary colors for pigments. But you really can use the blue, yellow and red when you are using paints since it works when mixing.

Similarly, it is asked, what is the difference between mixing colored lights and mixing pigments?

The secondary pigment colors are red, blue, and green—the same as the primary colors of light. The effect of mixing pigments is different from the effect of mixing light. Remember that a colored material absorbs all wavelengths except those of the color it reflects.

Can I mix two different paint colors together?

Whether you want to use up old, leftover paint or blend different colors to come up with the perfect shade, painting can be a fun, affordable way to brighten your home. You can mix any brands or colors of interior paint as long as they're the same type and finish.

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