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Chapter 1. Tool and Palette Primer > Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring

Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring

Anti-aliasing: Smoothing the edge of an otherwise hard-edged object by adding partially transparent pixels. These pixels help to blend the edge of the object into the surrounding image, making it harder to see the edge of the pixels and therefore avoiding a jaggy edge.

CMYK: A model for reproducing RGB colors using cyan, magenta, yellow, and black inks. (Black is abbreviated “K” for Key.) Any time you print an image, you will be using CMYK inks. Ideally, cyan ink would absorb only red light, magenta ink would absorb only green light, and yellow ink would absorb only blue light; you could therefore reproduce an RGB image by absorbing the light falling on a sheet of paper instead of creating the light directly. But due to impurities in these inks, CMYK inks (also known as process color) cannot reproduce all the colors that can be created using RGB light.


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