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Chapter 10. Color > Seeing Color, Printing Color

Seeing Color, Printing Color

It’s impossible to discuss the process of creating and using colors in InDesign without first talking a little about printing and visual perception. If you already know about those topics, feel free to skip ahead, though you’ll miss all the jokes if you do. Everyone else should note that this is a very simple explanation of a pair of very bizarre and complex processes.

The Color Spectrum and Color Gamuts

The colors we see when we look at the world around us are the light reflected from objects in our field of view. In our eyes, the cornea, iris, and pupil conspire to cast this light on a rejoicing multitude of photoreceptive cells—the rods and cones at the back of the retina.


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