gives the negative of a color.


gives the negative of image, in which all colors have been negated.


negates every frame of a video.


gives a list of negative images or colors.


  • ColorNegate, also known as color inversion, replaces every pixel in the image with the negative of that pixel.
  • ColorNegate maps every color v to 1-ν.
  • For images with defined color spaces, negation happens in the RGBColor space. »
  • ColorNegate works with colors as well as 2D and 3D images. The color space and data type of the input are preserved.


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Basic Examples  (2)

Negative of the color red:

Color negate an image:

Scope  (7)

Negative of an Lab color:

Negative of the color Yellow:

Invert a binary image:

Negative of a black-and-white photo:

Negation of a color image:

Negate video frames:

Negative of a grayscale 3D image:

Negation of a 3D color volume:

Applications  (5)

Invert a color negative:

Create an image effect by only negating the luminance channel of an urban night skyline:

Create false colorizations of an image by negating only one of the three RGB channels:

DeleteSmallComponents deletes small white components:

Make it delete small black components instead:

Negate a region of interest to create an alpha channel. Detect the region of interest:

Negate the region and set it as the alpha channel:

Properties & Relations  (7)

Color negation of gray results in gray:

Color negation happens in the RGBColor space:

Color negation results in the same color regardless of representation:

Color negation is equivalent to subtracting the image from 1:

Histogram of the negated image is a mirror of the original image:

ColorNegate of an RGB image is equivalent to mapping every pixel v to 1-v:

This does not hold true for other color spaces:

Negate only the lightness while preserving color components in the LCH color space:

Negate by applying a 180° hue rotation while preserving chroma and lightness:

Perform both lightness negation and hue rotation:

Compare with color negation in RGB:

Wolfram Research (2008), ColorNegate, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2021).


Wolfram Research (2008), ColorNegate, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2021).


Wolfram Language. 2008. "ColorNegate." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2021.


Wolfram Language. (2008). ColorNegate. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from


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