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Definition of an Intermediate Color


Intermediate or Tertiary Colors

Intermediate or Tertiary Colors

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Definition: An intermediate color is formed when a primary color is mixed with an adjacent secondary color - for instance, blue (a primary) is mixed with violet (a secondary) to produce blue-violet or blue is mixed with green for blue-green. These colors are very versatile and can be used full strength in your design palette.
Also Known As: Sometimes called Tertiary colors, but not all tertiary colors are intermediates.
Common Misspellings: innermediates
Red-orange is an intermediate color.

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