- "It's like the Empire wants to paint over everything with its boring shades of gray, black, and white. Sabine puts the color back. I think TIE fighters look a lot better after one of her paint bombs has gone off."
- ―Ezra Bridger, on rebel artist Sabine Wren
The color of an object was its property of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way it reflected light. The planet of Felucia hosted many translucent life-forms that colored the sunlight as its beams penetrated their skin. Blue, green, red, and yellow were examples of colors.
The color of a Jedi lightsaber's blade was defined by its kyber crystal, which was harvested from the Crystal Cave on Ilum. A lightsaber crystal was colorless until it was found by a Jedi youngling, where the youngling would then become attuned to the crystal and the crystal would display its color. The color being determined by the youngling's "spiritual alignment." A Jedi's lightsaber blade was usually green or blue, but other colors were possible, such as Mace Windu's purple-bladed lightsaber. The Sith often wielded red lightsabers due to a process known as bleeding, where the user used the dark side of the Force to bend a kyber crystal to their will. Additionally Jedi can use the Force to heal them of the dark side presence, causing them to turn white.
- "Reminds me of Janyor's protest paintings on Bith."
"Janyor of Bith is a major influence."
- ―Lando Calrissian and Sabine Wren discuss Janyor's influence on the latter's art
In the galaxy, colors were often culturally significant. For example, the color red was associated with diplomatic immunity under the Galactic Republic, warning others not to attack. As the color of ambassadorial relations and neutrality under the Republic, a completely red color scheme such as that of the Consular-class space cruiser Radiant VII indicated a ship came from the capital world of Coruscant. As the personal favorite color of Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palaptine, red was co-opted during his chancellery and assigned across Republic vessels at his direction. However, the color red was sometimes regarded as intense and aggressive. For that reason, the Sith wielded red lightsaber blades that represented their destructive view of the Force. Nevertheless, the members of many Force-worshipping sects native to Jedha donned scarlet vestments.
Likewise, the white color of clone trooper armor signified an honorable symbol of defense before becoming skewed into one of a faceless icon of conformity under the Galactic Empire. During the Clone Wars, the clone troopers were referred to as "the boys in white." In the days of the Old Republic, silver was used as a status symbol for royalty, as residents of Naboo used chromium to cover their fighters and cruisers.
All languages combined, there existed forty billion, eleven million, seven hundred forty-two thousand, nine hundred and eighty-three accepted synonyms for the color blue. In Galactic Basic Standard, known shades of blue included ao, aqua, azure, and royal blue.
The Galactic Empire favored muted colors of gray, white and black and tried to redesign ships, uniforms, and other government property in this color scheme wherever possible. Sabine Wren was not in favor of this practice and used graffiti to provide bursts of brighter color. In the Imperial Military, the wearing of white tunics was generally reserved for either Grand Admirals or members of the Imperial Security Bureau.
The flight suits worn by the starfighter pilots of the Resistance were dyed in a hue known as "interstellar orange." Each group was also designated by various hues, such as Red, Green, and Blue Squadrons, along with their leaders.
On Tatooine, where the sport of podracing was common, racers wielded various colors on both their vehicles and flags to symbolize their personality, heritage, or simply what appealed to them.[source?]
Not all species saw color the same way; for instance, the Kaminoans lived in dwellings that appeared to be completely white; in reality, the buildings were simply colored with ultraviolet colors invisible to humans.
Traditionally, the color of the armor on a clone trooper denoted ranks such as sergeants and lieutenants. However, this practice was rescinded as the war progressed.
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