Template talk:Shades of yellow

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Not yellow[edit]

A number of these color swatches do not look like yellow on my monitor.69.124.56.44 23:49, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

I agree. In fact not only does this seem a monitor question but it seems a question of what colours really are or are not yellow. Whilst I can live with such hues as chartruse yellow; colours such as olive, lime, pear & green-yellow (I'd rather it be called yellow-green) are too green for me. Similarly whilst I'd call amber a shade of orange I s'pose it's yellowish enough to include but including gamboge is pushing it. Similarly dark goldenrod, ecru and khaki look too brown and apricot looks too pink. I'd vote for a little trimming. Jimp 02:06, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

Yellow is more variable than other colors[edit]

Since yellow has an intrinsically higher value (it looks lighter if photographed in black and white) than a color like blue or indigo, it varies more when it is mixed with other colors. If you mix yellow with gray, you will find that you will get olive. If you mix yellow with dark gray, you get a color like raw umber. If you mix yellow with light gray, you get a color like khaki. There is a lot more variation in yellow than other colors because it is such a light color, so some of the colors which are shades of yellow do not look that much like a shade of yellow but they really are. If you would have ever done actual mixing of paints (as I have done) instead of just working with colors on the computer, you would know this. That, then, is why I added those colors that do not seem that yellow to you (but they really are) to the Shades of yellow color comparison chart when I created it. Keraunos 10:42, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

I am no painter but I have mixed paint. I can relate to the phenomenon you write of but wouldn't have used the same terminology to describe it. I would say that we are working with different notions of what it is to be a shade of some colour. The sense of shade which I have (or at least had) in mind is based on how a colour looks. Therefore, to my thinking if a colour doesn't seem yellow, then it is not yellow. Now, I am no painter, as I write, so my idea of shade may well differ to that of a painter. Who's right? I suppose there is no right or wrong. Thanks for the explanation. Jimp 06:26, 9 April 2007 (UTC)


Also, the colours you get when mixing paint, are different than the colours you will get from colours-on-a-monitor. One is subtractive, the other additive. That is why in paints the primaries are yellow, red, blue, but in light (monitor) they are green,red,blue. Thus the mixing analogy doesn't quite work here. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.18.1.196 (talk) 23:22, 28 January 2010 (UTC)

Moving to Variations/Varieties of ...[edit]

It has been suggested that Category:Shades of orange be moved to either Category:Variations of orange or Category:Varieties of orange. Where this move to go through all Shades of ... categories and their associated templates should also be moved. The discussion is here. Jimp 02:06, 5 April 2007 (UTC)