I bought a bottle of Trans-Tint Cordovan some years back and mixed it
in alcohol with some powdered dyes. I had a six-foot strip of oak 1x2
with a slightly altered dye mix every two inches until I (kind of)
matched the color of some furniture we had. So you can mix the colors.
But your mention of "Red, Green and Blue" suggests that you think dyes
mix the way pixels do on your monitor. I'm no expert, but I'm pretty
sure that's incorrect. As a f'rinstance, red plus green will yield
yellow on your monitor, but not with dyes.
I am thinking they are the primary colors.
I have used transtint in the past and I still have some.
Was thinking I could get more versatility and come up with the shades of
brown that I want, be it reddish brown, or yellow brown, or orange brown
just by using the rgb... I guess I was thinking wrong.
You'll get different colors when you mix them, to be sure, but think
of the difference this way: If I "mix" full values of red, green and
blue on my monitor, I get white. It's a different process. Inkjet
printers typically use Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black.
No, you weren't thinking wrong.
There are two sets of primary colors: additive and subtractive.
The additive primaries are red, green and blue. However, the blue is not
what many people think of as "blue". They are used when dealing with light
oriented things such as photography. A proper mix of all three creates
The subtractive primaries are those you probably learned in grade school as
red, blue and yellow. However those really aren't the colors; the colors
are actually magenta, cyan and yellow. They are used more in applying color
*to* things as in painting and printing. A proper mix of the three yields
Get the subtractive primaries and you are good to go. You might want to add
black as it is easier to create a shade (greyed down color) with it than by
adding the correct complementary primary.
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