Tinting with color recursion

To mix a tint you have a couple of choices. You can sneak up on it (as described in the ‘Tinting the hard way’ topic discussed elsewhere), or; you can identify the tube color based on the hue in the Tint-to-hue chart, or; you can mix colors that are 60 units apart on both sides of your target color. The last is color recursion, as illustrated here:


Here’s a circular view of the same phenomenon:


In this case, the intermediate hues aligned with the expected midway numbers between our primaries. The other interesting part is that the saturation went down by a half on all of them. This means that a blend between two saturated colors results in a saturation half-life. You can mix the product of the mixtures again and the results recurse back to the original hues, albeit with even lower saturation and value:


If this persisted with blends of the intermediates recursively, it should result in neutrals (close to zero saturation), as this recursive blend diagram shows:


Finally, taking the exercise even further, you can get a lot of interesting colors:


copyright (c) 2014 roy zuniga 

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