Viewing two colors at the same time influences both of their appearances. The following is an example of induction, a variation of simultaneous contrast.
Instructions: In the top half of the diagram below are two identical dark gray patches on a like background. The bottom half of the diagram shows the same dark gray patches on different backgrounds. You will see that they appear different because of their surroundings.
The same phenomenon occurs when colors are used. Note that identical yellow patches in the middle of different colors appear to take on the characteristics of their surroundings.
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