Cadmium Yellow Medium

Cadmium Yellow Medium is a Series 4 opaque color. It has a masstone of intense rich yellow, with a very similar undertone. It has a strong Cadmium pigment which is sensitive to moisture and should not be used outdoors. This color is available in 80ml, 250ml and 500ml sizes.

Color Detail



Blended with Titanium White

Washed with water

Color Comparisons

Cadmium Yellow Light / Arylamide Yellow Light / Cadmium Yellow Medium / Arylamide Yellow Deep / Cadmium Yellow Deep

In this sequence of bright yellows shown side by side it is possible to compare the cadmium colours with similar arylamide colours. Cadmium Yellow Light is distinctly greener that the other colours shown here and should be compared to Transparent Yellow which in masstone looks rather muddy but when White is added has the same lemony yellow colour as Cadmium Yellow Light. Arylamide Yellow Light sits between Cadmium Yellow Light and Cadmium Yellow Medium and is a very bright and opaque colour. Cadmium Yellow Medium is a mid point yellow colour and Arylamide Yellow Deep always looks slightly muddy in masstone, but is bright in tints, but not as bright as Cadmium Yellow Deep which is shown next. The long swatch at the bottom shows Arylamide Yellow Deep which is transparent enough to be used as a glaze. The other yellows shown here are rather too opaque to be used in glazing.

Cadmium Yellow Light

Arylamide Yellow Light

Cadmium Yellow Medium

Arylamide Yellow Deep

Cadmium Yellow Deep

Arylamide Yellow deep glaze

Color Information

  • Chemical Description: Synthetic Inorganic
  • Pigment Type: Cadmium Zinc Sulfide
  • Lightfastness: 1
  • Permanency: Do not use outdoors
  • Pigment Strength: Strong
  • Colour Index Name: PY 37
  • Opacity or Transparency: Opaque

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