A shade; a color having low lightness and low saturation, and reflecting only a small fraction of incident light. When prepared by mixing pigments, a dark color may be achieved by mixing a large amount of black with little or no amout of one or more hues ? only to the degree that it remains very neutral in color. Opposite to dark colors in saturation ? highly saturated, but just as low in lightness ? are called deep colors. The opposite of dark colors in their value ? much lighter in value, but just as low in saturation ? are called pale colors. Opposite to dark colors in both value and saturation are brilliant colors.Quote: "One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable, and therefore, not popular." Carl Jung (1875-1961), German psychiatrist.Also see black, brightness, chiaroscuro, darkroom, day for night, gray scale, light, night blindness (nyctalopia), nocturne, pastel, positive, shade, and tenebroso or tenebrism.