Cyan

Cyan
 
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Spectral coordinates
Wavelength490–520 nm
Frequency610–575 THz
Common connotations
water
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#00FFFF
sRGBB (r, g, b)(0, 255, 255)
CMYKH (c, m, y, k)(100, 0, 0, 0)
HSV (h, s, v)(180°, 100%, 100%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(91, 72, 192°)
SourceCSS Color Module Level 4000
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Cyan (/ˈs.ən, -æn/)[1][2][3] is the color between green and blue on the visible spectrum of light.[4][5] It is evoked by light with a predominant wavelength between 490 and 520 nm, between the wavelengths of green and blue.[6]

In the subtractive color system, or CMYK color model, which can be overlaid to produce all colors in paint and color printing, cyan is one of the primary colors, along with magenta and yellow. In the additive color system, or RGB color model, used to create all the colors on a computer or television display, cyan is made by mixing equal amounts of green and blue light. Cyan is the complement of red; it can be made by the removal of red from white. Mixing red light and cyan light at the right intensity will make white light.

Colors in the cyan color range are teal, turquoise, electric blue, aquamarine, and others described as blue-green.

  1. ^ "cyan". Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or participating institution membership required.)
  2. ^ "cyan". Dictionary.com Unabridged (Online). n.d. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  3. ^ "cyan". The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (5th ed.). HarperCollins.
  4. ^ "cyan". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  5. ^ Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (5th ed.). Oxford University Press. 2002.
  6. ^ Jones, Andrew Zimmerman. "Visible Light Spectrum - Overview and Chart". About.com. Retrieved 30 September 2014.

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