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Hour 7. Printing Your Pictures > Understanding Color Systems

Understanding Color Systems

When it comes to printing color, there are many models you can use to specify the colors to print. Naturally, because there are thousands of colors visible to the human eye, it’s difficult for any color system to accurately reproduce them all. If printing a color photograph is your goal, your result will depend on the color system you choose to display, save, and ultimately print your image with.

RGB

RGB (short for Red, Green, Blue) uses a system that defines a particular color by the amount of red, green, and blue it has in it. If you mix all three colors in equal amounts, you get white. If you don’t add any of them, you get black. Computer monitors, television sets, and Photoshop Elements use the RGB system to define and display the colors you see onscreen.


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