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The Y in the CMYK colour model

The outlook is sunny and partly dull

In the CMYK colour model, Y for yellow is equivalent to a bright to medium shade of yellow. Yellow mixed with cyan-blue produces green. The CMYK model is subject to so-called "subtractive colour mixing". In fact, more colour is added in the mixing process, yet certain wavelengths are subtracted from incident light, depending on the nuances intended as a result. Yellow provokes bright and sunny associations, however these can be dulled when remembering slogans such as 'a yellow-bellied man'.

Text: Tizia Koese

Photo: Gmund


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