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"In theatre lighting, a bastard color refers to a color, typically in a color gel, wherein the predominant color is blended with small amounts of complementary colors [1][2] ; for example, a "bastard orange" gel would produce predominantly orange light with undertones of blue. Bastard color is derived from "bastard amber". In 1920, Rosenstein, a gel maker, from a company was trying to make an amber gel, of which the color accidentally came out wrong [3] Thereafter, they referred it as "bastard amber" [3]. Bastard colors appear warmer, and more natural than pure colors and are used to replicate natural light.[4]


  1. ^ "Dictionary Definition". Retrieved 2014-3-7.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Bastard-amber". Retrieved 2014-3-6.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ a b Johnson, David (April,1999). "Entertainment Design". Trade Journal. Penton Business Media, Inc. and Penton Media Inc. 33 (4): 30–32. Retrieved 6 March 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Rosco E-Colour #004: Medium Bastard Amber". Retrieved 2014-3-6.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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