What CMYK Ink Colors Are All About

February 1, 2011 No Comments

CMYK ink colorHave you ever encountered the CMYK codes on the compatible ink cartridges? While other printers use the RGB colors, most printers apply the CMYK code which are actually letters that stand for the colors each ink cartridge represents.

Here are some fun facts about this code that seem to matter for some who have noticed it.

1. CMYK is made up of four colors.
CMYK stands for a printing process while also defining the four colors of a certain cartridge. These colors are namely cyan, magenta, yellow, and black key plate. The last letter does not come from the letter “K” in black but from the key plate which sets an alignment for the black and the other colors.

2. The black ink is not a product of the other colors.
The black ink is always independent from the other colored inks which is used to darken the colors needed in a material. When a printer uses the other colors to create black, this is a really great waste on the cartridges and money as well. The black ink also saves on consuming other inks since it is the most economical color.

3. CMYK is a reductive color type.
This color model subtracts the brightness made by the color white. It either covers a little or all of the light parts to create greater colors, providing more colors to choose from.

4. CMYK applies half-toning.
Half-toning, also known as screening, creates a wide range of colors from the basic to the theme types. CMYK allows a user to experiment on different colors which are not available in other color models.

Next time you see your ink cartridge with the code CMYK, you will know how helpful this product can be for your printing needs.

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