FAQ: Color in Visual Design - Color Basics

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You teach that the primary colours are RYB.

Assuming that the colour wheel in your example is a subtractive colour wheel (rather than the additive RGB wheel which is far more relevant for visual design as that is what monitors use) why are the primary colours in the lesson the pre-20th century RYB (red, yellow, blue) rather than the more accurate CMY (cyan, magenta, yellow)?

It’s also worth pointing out that “zone theory” states that the cones in our eyes all detect all colours (just by differing amounts).