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Arrange colors by intensity

At the Novosibirsk State Medical University, first-year students take exams in English. Two tasks from tickets attracted my attention. I ask the help of designers and linguists.

Questions raise the topic of “color intensity”.

Arrange adjectives in order of increasing color intensity:

white light pale bright

Arrange adjectives in descending order of intensity of color:

black pale light dark

Pale and light fall into both tasks, so I combine them for convenience.

white light pale

6 words should be built according to intensity from less saturated to more saturated, in order to get an answer to 2 questions.

The intensity of the color tone determines saturation (saturation). But in the color spaces of the HSL and HSV graphics editors on the S (saturation) slider, you can not get either white or black, but only gray. While the L (lightness) slider for the HSL space has a boundary value of just white (100) and black (0).

I’m confused. I wrote the words on pieces of paper, laid them out on the table as I understand their translation and meaning. Do I understand them correctly? The result seemed to me slender.

black – black

dark – dark

pale – pale

light – light

bright – bright

white – white

My version

The teacher of the university calls another gradation correct.

black – black

dark – dark

bright – bright

light – light

pale – pale

white – white

Teacher option
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