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What is the difference between black and white?

  1. Nurfninja profile image56
    Nurfninjaposted 6 years ago

    What is the difference between black and white?

    Can someone explain how colors work?  Really, it's very confusing for me.

  2. Allen Williams profile image85
    Allen Williamsposted 6 years ago

    Black is absence of all color and white is the presence of all color,

  3. Doc Snow profile image97
    Doc Snowposted 6 years ago

    Colors are the sensations we receive from various frequencies of light.  Our eyes have special cells that respond to specific frequencies, so some may react to the frequencies of red light, others to green, and so on.

    White light contains all the frequencies, mixed together; true darkness is the ultimate black, with no light reaching our eyes.

    Color theory can get complicated, but there are two basic ways that images can be colored.  First, you can paint or stain them.  In this case, you apply a substance that *absorbs* many frequencies of light--for example, if you are painting a toy fire-truck red, the red paint is actually absorbing all the other frequencies of light, leaving only the red to reflect back to your eyes.

    Second, you can illuminate the object with colored light, as is done in stage lighting, for instance.  With the right light, you could make a fire-truck (or anything else) appear to be red, even though it  was actually painted white.  You are *adding* the specific frequencies that you want to show.

    This matters is for those using these techniques:  mixing colors for painters is different for lighting designers.  Painters who mix colors tend toward a darker and darker blend the more colors they mix together--theoretically, you'd expect black, but in practice, it tends to be a very muddy dark brown.  Lighting designers who mix different colors get results that tend more toward white light.

    Hope this helps a bit!

  4. shwetha123 profile image72
    shwetha123posted 6 years ago

    Black absorbs everything which passes through it while white is the color of peace.

  5. delaneyworld profile image79
    delaneyworldposted 6 years ago

    Actually I believe black is all color and white is the absence of all color.  I am pretty sure that is how it works.