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Chapter 27. Grayscale, Line Art, and Vectors > How Grayscale Differs from Color

How Grayscale Differs from Color

How does grayscale differ from color? Well, the most obvious way is that color images are, well, in color, and grayscale image are, for all intents and purposes, in black and white.

Okay, that's a cheeky answer, but grayscale images have their own set of issues and considerations when it comes to printing them. It's easy to give short shrift to grayscale; everyone is so hung up on color, and as reproduction processes continue to allow high-quality color to be reproduced, grayscale becomes the “forgotten mode.” But anyone who has ever looked through a book of, say, Ansel Adams photographs knows that black-and-white is in no way inferior to color.


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