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CMYK color

CMYK is the color system used to produce printed materials. It refers to the colors of ink that are used to print things. CMYK is what is called a subtractive color system. With a subtractive color system everything starts off white. White is the color you get when all the colors are being reflected back to your eye from a surface. Subtractive colors absorb, or subtract, some of the color in the light, which creates the effect of colors. CMYK colors are represented by percentages of how much of each ink color are to be used. The Photoshop Color Picker window shown in Figure 4-1 features the CMYK settings.

Figure 4-1: Color Picker window showing the CMYK settings.



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