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There are seven colors defining wavelengths of visible light. They are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
However, the three "primary colors" for ADDITIVE combination (such as the colors on these web pages) are red, blue and green. All edited colors in computer images use a combination of these three. When added together, these component colors form the color "white".
For SUBTRACTIVE coloration, as in art, the primary colors are red, blue and yellow.
In printing, these three colors were superceded (just as they were for light primaries), the modern equivalents being cyan, magenta, yellow and black.
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