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21 Sep 2021 04:22:23 EDT (-0400)
  Re: Complementary colours  
From: clipka
Date: 30 May 2021 08:03:13
Message: <60b37f01$1@news.povray.org>
Am 28.05.2021 um 23:04 schrieb Mike Horvath:

> Basically, the idea is that colors diametrically opposed on the RYB 
> color wheel "go well" with each other, and colors diametrically opposed 
> on the RGB color wheel tend to "clash" heavily. I'm not sure why this is 
> the case, and why the RYB color wheel "looks nice" (at least in Western 
> art).

I would argue that the perceived "clash" of complementary colors in the 
RGB system (highly saturated EGB colors, that is) is due to such colors 
NEVER EVER occurring besides each other in the natural world. They 
simply cannot. Because those extreme colours _per se_ can never be 
achieved reflectively from natural white-ish light.

For example, to get pure RGB red, you need to blast out red light in 
such a narrow spectral band, that the brightness within said band 
exceeds the brightness within the corresponding band of natural 
white-ish light.


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