Home -> Overview of animations -> Teaching animation: Principle of subtractive and additive color mixing

Teaching animation: Principle of subtractive and additive color mixing

The animation represents the principle of subtractive and additive color mixing. The colored circles can be freely moved within the animation. The intersecting areas represent the result of the mix.

The animation was originally developed as a offline application for Windows and Macintosh systems and for integration into Microsoft PowerPoint slides. The online version presented here serve as a preview. The exe or app file can be downloaded free of charge from members area.



The animation shows three color circles, which can be interactively repositioned. Initially the color circles show the three primary colors: red, green and blue. The color values of each color circle can be changed. As a result, any number of color mixtures can be obtained.

Once the animation is started, an accumulative color generator mode is initiated. In this case, the background of the animation appears black. The mode can be changed using the navigation bar on the right.

To individually set the color values of a circle, click on the colored circle. Then modify the color values in the table.

Alternatively, you can also use the Color Picker to set the color values.

General information

Title:Teaching animation: Principle of subtractive and additive color mixing
Target group:
  • Teachers and lecturers
  • Independent learners
Platforms (primary):
  • Microsoft® Windows®
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint®
  • Apple® Macintosh®
  • Resizable without the loss of visual clarity
  • No installation required
DocumentsLicensing Information
About Flash Player security

Further animations for smartphones/tablets

Principle of Subtractive Color Mixing

Principle of Additive Color Mixing

Induction by movement

Induction by rotation

Further animations for PCs

Die Animation zeigt ein Flugzeug, das sich durch die Luft bewegt. Je nach Geschwindigkeit und Anstellwinkel liegt ein anderer Auftrieb und ein anderer Widerstand vor.
Buoyancy and drag force on the wing profile

Die Animation zeigt ein Medium, das von einem Lichtstrahl angestrahlt wird. Die Form des Mediums kann verändert werden. Je nach Auftreffwinkel wird das Licht unterschiedlich reflektiert.
Reflection law

Die Animation zeigt ein Objekt, dass sich entsprechend einer Positions-Funktion bewegt. Die Funktion kann interaktiv verändert werden.
Basic principles of differential and integral calculus

Electromagnetic induction using rotating magnets (simplified)

Die Animation zeigt ein Objekt, dessen reflektiertes Licht durch eine Linse fokussiert wird. Je nach Brennweite und Gegenstandsweite liegt der Fokuspunkt an unterschiedlichen Positionen
Visualization of the lens equation


Authoring tool: Adobe Animate


You found a mistake and want to help us improve? Please let us know. We would also appreciate any suggestions to improve text and/or translation.

* Not mandatory