A to Z – part 1 Study the color terminology to develop your color vocabulary, better understand color theory and speak the language of color like a pro. Additive Colors This is the color of light, where adding all the colors together creates white light. Aftermirage After the eye has been stimulated by looking at one color for about 10-30 seconds, the afterimage of its complementary color is seen when one looks at a blank white surface. For example, if you focus on a red spot for half a minute or so and then look at a white wall, you will see a green spot. Adjoining Colors Analogous, or adjoining color schemes are composed of two or three colors that lie next to each other on the color wheel.