colour contrast

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The change in perceived colour resulting from its juxtaposition with a different colour, as occurs when complementary colours such as blue and yellow are juxtaposed, making the blue look bluer and the yellow yellower, or when red and cyan (blue-green) are juxtaposed, making the red look redder and the cyan more intensely cyan, simultaneous contrast occurring when a colour is viewed alongside another and tends to shift towards the complementary colour of the other colour, and successive contrast occurring when one colour and then another is viewed, the second tending to shift towards the complementary colour of the first. US color contrast. See also appurtenance, contrast (2), visual induction. Compare colour assimilation.

Subjects: Psychology.

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