I am using different hues to illustrate the data in a diagram for my thesis, but I am not sure how to describe them. Which combination of words would be correct:

Smoothed data are shown using solid / strong / dark colors and
unsmoothed data are shown using light / soft / pale colors.

Smoothed and unsmoothed dataset


I would use "dark" and "pale".

  • IMHO, "bright" is more usual antonym for "pale". Oct 1 '15 at 13:17
  • "bright" is about how much light there is, pale is about the intensity of hue. A sunrise could be both bright (lots of light) and pale (a clear sky, so not a lot of color to it). Oct 1 '15 at 13:35

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