• The second property of colour is value, which is the lightness or darkness of a colour.
  • In pigment, a colour’s saturation/value can be altered by adding white or black to it. White will give you a tint or a high-value colour. Black will give you a shade or a low-value colour.
  • Value, like colour itself, is variable and entirely dependent on the surrounding hues for its visual sensation.
  • In this example, the value of the circle in each coloured rectangle appears to change depending on the colour in which it is placed. The circle is the same colour in all seven examples.
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