Why Replace Cadmium with Cadmium Hues?

We wanted to make better, safer alternative colors for Artists. We have made our New DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Cadmium Hues better than the Cadmiums, with increased opacity and greater vibrancy, with out the potential toxicity concerns associated with Cadmiums.

Cadmium paint colors, were developed in the early 19th & 20th centuries to replace earlier, impermanent (fugitive) yellows, oranges and reds, and improving Artists’ palette of colors. Now after development, beginning in 2000, we have produced some more great alternatives and improvements to Cadmium watercolor paints – our Cadmium Hues. We wanted to make sure they met our high standards, and we had them perfect for our Artists!

Here at DANIEL SMITH, we are all about making the Best Watercolors for Artists so we are constantly developing new colors and improving others (if needed) for our Artists.

DANIEL SMITH Cadmium Hues:
Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue
Cadmium Orange Hue
Cadmium Red Scarlet Hue
Cadmium Red Medium Hue
Cadmium Yellow Light Hue
Cadmium Yellow Med Hue

These are called Cadmium “Hues” because they are not made with Cadmium metal compounds. Instead they are new, alternative pigments substituting for the Cadmium pigments.

Our Cadmium Hues are special because they are more opaque, dense and even more important, more vibrant than the original Cadmiums. They are more vibrant because they have brighter chroma than Cadmiums.



Because of the way these pigments are manufactured, a process called co-precipitation, they are essentially single pigments, even though on the label they are listed with what looks like more than one pigment. In this case, it is not true that 1+1+1= 3, but rather 1+1+1= 1, essentially a “single” pigment due to the co-precipitation manufacturing process. This is one reason why the New Cadmium Hues have brighter chroma and increased opacity, than the regular Cadmiums paints have.