Many of the colors we see are due to pigments or dyes, but other colors are due to the way light interacts with particular structures. Artists and engineers take advantage of structural color to engineer specific colors and aesthetics.
Learn how pigments and dyes make materials appear colored
Learn what structural color is
Learn what interference paints are made of
Learn why the background color affects the color of interference paints
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