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Process color

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Process color refers to the inks and process used when a wide range of colors are reproduced using a limited number of inks.

CMYK is the most common process ink set. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and black(Key) inks are combined in varying amounts to produce a reasonably wide range of colors. This is much cheaper than using a different ink for every color required and in the case of continuous-tone images like photographs, makes printing in color possible.

See Also

Term: Ink
Term: Spot color
Term: CMYK Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Term: Subtractive primaries