What colors make brown?


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Brown is made by mixing any two complementary colors together: red with green, blue with orange or yellow with purple. Each of these blends makes a different shade of brown.

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What colors make brown?
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The truest neutral brown is made by mixing equal quantities of blue and orange together. Green and red usually make a warmer tan-shaded brown, while a mixture of yellow and purple makes sienna shades. Yellow and purple in slightly different proportions are also good for turning other neutral shades into grays. Browns and grays can be cooled down by adding a little blue or warmed up by adding a little red. Browns and grays are called tertiary colors because they are made by mixing all three primary colors together in different proportions.

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