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Saturation

Property of a color determined by a combination of light intensity and how much it is distributed across the spectrum of different wavelengths

The saturation of a color is determined by a combination of light intensity and how much it is distributed across the spectrum of different wavelengths. The purest (most saturated) color is achieved by using just one wavelength at a high intensity, such as in laser light. If the intensity drops, then, as a result, the saturation drops. To desaturate a color of given intensity in a subtractive system (such as watercolor), one can add white, black, gray, or the hue's complement.

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color
combination light intensity
definition
high intensity
intensity drops
laser light
saturation
spectrum different wavelengths
usage
wavelength

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Last modified on December 12 2019
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