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CMYK-Color model

Fundaments of four-colour-printing

The abbreviation CMYK represents Cyan-Magenta-Yellow plus the black component Key. This four-colour basis forms the foundation of four-colour-printing. Each and every possible colour shading, from within the CMYK-model, is created by bringing these primary colours CMYK together. Cyan-yellow produces green, red comes from magenta-yellow, cyan-magenta leads to blue. The resulting secondary colour is darker, brightness is reduced. Seeing that together CMY only produce an impure black, K introduces contrast and ensures a pure black.

Text: Tizia Koese

Foto: Gmund


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