Art Glossary: Optical Mix

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Boddy-Evans, Marion. "Art Glossary: Optical Mix." ThoughtCo, Jun. 9, 2011, Boddy-Evans, Marion. (2011, June 9). Art Glossary: Optical Mix. Retrieved from Boddy-Evans, Marion. "Art Glossary: Optical Mix." ThoughtCo. (accessed October 23, 2017).


An optical mix is when you create paint colors not by mixing them on the palette (or physically), but through knowledge of color theory and how the eye perceives colors that abut or overlay each other. Glazing is the most common optical mix technique used in painting.

The opposite of an optical mix is a physical mix.

See Also: 7 Ways to Mix Colors