Real Color Wheel
by Don Jusko

This is original, it is the only color wheel like this,
copy it if you are an artist.

Use this Real Color Wheel to match and find pigments
that are the correct color wheel oppositions,

for mixing dark shadow colors with out using black pigment.
Designed for a natural artist painting on location.

Order this complete color and painting on location course here

360 Degree, 36 Color Real Color Wheel
Real Color Wheel matches Light and Pigments for Artists

Click the dots to see a pigment information

Clickable ArtistsRealColor Wheelmatchingpigments

Lead Yellow, cool opaque Naples Yellow Light Naples Yellow Deep Acrylic Vivid lime Green, Oil Yellow Green Opaque Brilliant Yellow Green, translucent in acrylics Cadmium Yellow Cadmium Yellow Medium Cadmium Orange, opaque Green Gold, Transparent Indian Yellow-Orange Lake Extra Yellow Raw Ocher, Opaque Translucent Yellow Oxide Chinese Vermilion Extra, translucent Permanent Green light Chromium Green Oxide Indian Yellow-Brown Transparent Burnt Sienna, translucent Cadmium Red Light-Medium, Opaque Thalo Green, transparent Raw Umber, translucent Burnt Umber, translucent Venetian Red Oxide, Warm, Opaque Opaque Green Light Pigment Photo Chip Chart Rembrandt Rose, Translucent Turquoise Blue-Green, transparent Quinacridone Magenta, Warm Thalo Blue Cyan, Transparent Cobalt Magenta, Cool Ultramarine Blue, Translucent Ultramarine Blue Light Manganese Violet Cobalt Blue French Ultramarine Blue Purple, Transparent Raw Sienna, translucent Ultramarine Violet

White=ffffff  color code names & numbers, new window

All dots are links to each pigments description. Read the linking color name in the browser status bar below.
The center links to a list of all the pigments.
Real Color Wheel's are 36, 24, 12, 6 or 3 colors, up to over 1,000

These color arcs are numbered from 1 to 36.
#00. Outer rings, lighter pigment or tint hue of this color.
#0. 100% full chroma for opaque pigments, 50% top-tone tint for transparent pigments.
00. Tint
0. full chroma hue.
1. 10 shades to dark.
6. Mass-Color of transparent pigments.
10. 10% intensity of this color.

This is a printable photographer's color wheel w/o the dots.
Real Color Wheel

The Real Color Wheel matches the way crystals get darker.

See elements matching crystals, light, and pigments.

This clickable map shows the true opposition pigment colors for mixing neutral darks.
It will be the new "basic" color wheel because the color oppositions are accurate.

The revolution of a color wheel, replace your old color wheel now. The old Red-Blue-Yellow color wheel is inaccurate for the pigment artist.

Click any color
Blockx Yellow Cobalt Old Holland Gamboge Lake Ex. Syn. O.H. Indian Yellow Brown Lake Syn. Rembrandt Asphaltum Syn, very oily Burnt Umber Mussini Zinc Yellow, the coolest yellow. No link Bocour Cad Yellow Lead Chromate Grumbacher Cad Barium Yellow Pale Mussini Naples Yellow Light, Nickle Titanium O.H. Indian Yellow-Orange Lake Syn. Dual-tone Mussini Raw Umber Blockx Baryum Yellow, very weak O.H. Indian Yellow-Orange Lake Syn. Mussini Naples Yellow Deep Yelow Raw Ocher Mussini Trans Yellow Oxide Green Earth Green Gold Nickel Azo Sap Green Syn. dual-tone Green Umber Earth Green Oxide W/N Flesh Burnt Sienna Rewmbrandt Chinese Vermilion syn. O.H. Yellow Green Organic Mussini Cad. Yellow Lemon Mussini Cad yellow Middle Rembrandt Chinese Vermilion Syn Blockx Venation Opaque Warm Red Oxide Cadmium Orange Cadmium Barium Red Light Permanent Green Light Grumbacher Phthalo Green Light Mussini Opaque Green Light Mussini Phthalo Green Turquoise, Rembrandt Blue Green Cadimium Bayrum Red Light Rembrandt Red Rose Rose Madder, Yarka Garance Violet Grumbacher Thalo Blue O.H. Scheveninge BLue Light Opaque D.Smith Quinacridone Magenta pr122 Cobalt Violet Transparent, Cool Magenta Dual-tone Cobalt Blue Light Mussini Royal Blue Light Blockx French Ult. Bue Ultramarine Violet Dioxazine Purple Mussini Royal Blue Deep Ultramarine Deep Ultramarine Light Dioxazine Purple tints cool

Here is how to mix the full color wheel with only three colors.
See a 3 color example.

Equal amounts of yellow and magenta make red, that's 100% of each color.

Arc#1, 10 Tint Values of Yellow, 10 Darker Values of Yellow to Dark Brown.
Arc#1, Top of circle, Primary, 10 degrees of 360 degrees
RCW01= Yellow Full Chroma, Full Intensity, or
RCW01.00= Yellow Full Chroma, Full Intensity
RCW01.00.01= 100% Full Chroma, Full Intensity, Coolest Yellow Hue
RCW01.00.05= 100% Full Chroma, Full Intensity, Middle Yellow Hue
RCW01.00.09= 100% Full Chroma, Full Intensity, Warmest Yellow Hue
RCW01.05.05= 50% Yellow + 50% Brown, Value #5, Middle Brown Hue
RCW01.10.09= 100% Brown, Value #10, Warm Dark Brown Hue
Add ultramarine blue to reach black, like the Titanium Rutile Crystal
Cooler Yellow to Warmer Yellow, RCW01.00.01 to 09
Cooler Brown to Warmer Brown, RCW01.10.01 to 09

Arc#2, 10 Tint Values of Yellow Medium, 10 Darker Values of Yellow Medium to Dark Brown
Arc#2, Yellow Medium to Dark Brown = Values 01 to 10
RCW02.00= 100% Yellow + 16% Magenta.
RCW02.05= 50% Yellow + 8% Magenta + 100% Brown
RCW02.10= 0% Yellow + 0%Magenta + 100% Brown
Add ultramarine blue to reach black, like the Titanium Rutile Crystal

Cooler Yellow Medium to Warmer Yellow Medium, 01 to 09
Medium Yellow, RCW01.00.05

Pigment Mixing Percentages. Use the same percentages for Magenta to Cyan and Cyan to Yellow.

Transparent Yellow to Transparent Magenta, full chroma.
RCW01.0= 100%Yellow
RCW02.0= 100%Yellow+16%Magenta.
RCW03.0= 100%Yellow+32%Magenta
RCW04.0= 100%Yellow+50%Magenta Orange
RCW05.0= 100%Yellow+66%Magenta
RCW06.0= 100%Yellow+84%Magenta
RCW07.0= 100%Yellow+100%Magenta Red
RCW08.0= 84%Yellow+100%Magenta
RCW09.0= 66%Yellow+100%Magenta
RCW10.0= 50%Yellow+100%Magenta Scarlet
RCW11.0= 32%Yellow+100%Magenta
RCW12.0= 16%Yellow+100%Magenta
RCW13.0= 0%Yellow+100%magenta Magenta

Transparent Magenta to Transparent Cyan, full chroma.
RCW13.0= 100%Magenta
RCW14.0= 100%Magenta+16%Cyan.
RCW15.0= 100%Magenta+32%Cyan = Violet
RCW16.0= 100%Magenta+50%Cyan = Purple
RCW17.0= 100%Magenta+66%Cyan
RCW18.0= 100%Magenta+84%Cyan
RCW19.0= 100%Magenta+100%Cyan = Ultramarine Blue
RCW20.0= 84%Magenta+100%Cyan
RCW21.0= 66%Magenta+100%Cyan
RCW22.0= 50%Magenta+100%Cyan = Cobalt Blue
RCW23.0= 32%Magenta+100%Cyan
RCW24.0= 16%Magenta+100%Cyan
RCW25.0= 0%Magenta+100%Cyan

Transparent Yellow to Transparent Cyan, full chroma.
RCW1.0= 100%Yellow
RCW36.0= 100%Yellow+16%Cyan.
RCW35.0= 100%Yellow+32%Cyan
RCW34.0= 100%Yellow+50%Cyan
RCW33.0= 100%Yellow+66%Cyan
RCW32.0= 100%Yellow+84%Cyan
RCW31.0= 100%Yellow+100%Cyan = Green
RCW30.0= 84%Yellow+100%Cyan
RCW29.0= 66%Yellow+100%Cyan
RCW28.0= 50%Yellow+100%Cyan
RCW27.0= 32%Yellow+100%Cyan = Turquiose
RCW26.0= 16%Yellow+100%Cyan
RCW25.0= 0%Yellow+100%Cyan

Painting opaquely, yellow darkens to gold ocher then to deep brown. All three of these opaque pigments are needed on the artists palette. One transparent yellow will do it if you are also using transparent magenta and cyan to paint full color paintings.

Yellow and orange arcs become dark by adding brown, the same dark brown that matches the red arc.

Magenta will get dark by adding it's opposite color or the other two triads, which do combine to make the complement opposition secondary color, green.

Magenta arcs change to cyan by adding cyan in 22% increments. Equal amounts of transparent magenta and cyan, arc #19, having 100% of each color, make an ultramarine blue transparent hue. 66% less magenta, three arcs over plus the 100% cyan make a transparent cobalt blue hue.

The cyan arc darkens first to cobalt blue, than ultramarine blue before becoming neutral. From that ultramarine hue darker, add the same burnt umber that gets the ultramarine blue arc darker. So #19 thrrough #25 get dark to the same color before becoming dark neutral. Just like #1 through #7 get dark to the same color.

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