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List of RGB quaternary (and beyond) colors?


Question

I'm trying to organize a list of colors for a puzzle game. I can find reliable lists (names and colors values) of the primary, secondary, and tertiary RGB colors - but I can't find any reliable list beyond this.

Color wheels either leave them out, or pile them in with millions of other colors and no names.

Is there any reliable source for a list of color considered "quaternary" and possibly even colors in layers beyond that?

2014/10/14
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10/14/2014 9:31:00 PM

I used the list of RYB quaternary colours at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tertiary_color#Tertiary-_and_quaternary-color_terms to fill in some of the gaps between the CMY tertiary colours.

I've listed the CMY tertiary colours from that article and indented proposed names for the quaternary colours.

  • Red
    • Crimson (or Russet)
  • Rose
    • Aubergine
  • Magenta
    • Amethyst
  • Violet
    • Indigo
  • Blue
    • (Cerulean)
  • Azure
    • (Celeste)
  • Cyan
    • (Aquamarine)
  • Spring green
    • (Emerald)
  • Green
    • Apple green
  • Chartreuse
    • (Citron)
  • Yellow
    • Amber
  • Orange
    • Vermilion
  • Red

I got these names by translating the CMY colour names into RYB equivalents and then looking for the names of intermediate CMY colours. I used the following equivalencies

  • CMY - RYB - (CMY colours mixed)
  • Magenta - Purple (blue - red)
  • Rose - Magenta (red - magenta)
  • Violet - Violet (magenta - blue)
  • Cyan - Teal (blue - green)
  • Azure - Turquoise (blue - cyan)
  • Spring green - Viridian (cyan - green)

The CMY colour will be more saturated than the RYB equivalent.

Citron is a tertiary colour, a combination of green and orange, which lands between yellow and chartreuse on the colour wheel. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RBG_color_wheel.svg) Likewise, russet (orange and RYB purple, or orange and CMY magenta), coincides with crimson, half-way between rose and red.

I couldn't get the quaternary colours from blue to green from that page, so the suggestions above are just for completeness.

2017/04/25
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4/25/2017 5:40:00 PM