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What colors do you mix to make purple?

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Based on the color wheel, the combination of red and blue creates the color purple. On the color wheel, however, purple is referred to as "violet."

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This combination works in theory, but not as often in practical usage. For red and blue to make a pure purple color, the blue must contain no traces of red, yellow or green in its tint. Additionally, the red color must tint closer to a pink and have no yellow tint. Therefore a color combination of standard red and standard blue often results in a more Burgundy shade or darker purple than true violet.

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