HLS color model

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HLS color model A color model that defines colors by the three parameters hue (H), lightness (L), and saturation (S). It was introduced by Tektronix Inc. Hue lies on a circle, saturation increases from center to edge of this circle, lightness goes from black to white. This model uses the same hue plane as the HSV model, but it replaces value (V) by an extended lightness axis so that the maximum color gamut is at L=0.5 and decreases in each direction towards white (L=1) and black (L=0). The HLS color model is represented by a double hexagonal cone, with white at the top apex and black at the bottom.