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Complementary Colors

Two hues directly opposite one another on a color wheel which, when mixed together in proper proportions, produce a neutral gray. The true complement of a color can be seen in its afterimage. Colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel, such as red and green, or purple and yellow. Complementary colors create the strongest possible color contrast, and when placed in close proximity, each intensifies the appearance of the other.


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