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The science of color in design

Understanding colors requires a deep dive into the science. In this part, we will learn what the color is.

According to scientists, color consists of fast-moving frequencies that our eyes detect. While these frequencies move so quickly that we can’t see them as an actual wave, we can know the type of frequency based on the visible color.

What is actually happening when we see a certain color?

The sun emits all colors of light on the object. Some colors are absorbed, others reflected.

Reflected wavelengths will bounce off and hit your corneas – a film on top of our eyes.

All the way through the eye, the reflected light gets translated by our brain into the yellow.

In other words, objects appear yellow to us because they reflect more yellow light than others.

The same, incredible process occurs when we view green frogs, blue sea, red balloons, etc.

White objects reflect all colors of light, while black objects absorb all frequencies.

Let’s recap:

What is actually happening when we see a certain color?

  1. The sun emits all colors of light on the object
  2. Reflected wavelengths bounce off and hit your eyes
  3. Our brain translates the reflected light into a color

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