Color - CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow Black Color Model)


Colors can be created in printing with color spaces based on the CMYK color model, using the subtractive primary colors of pigment:

  • cyan (C),
  • magenta (M),
  • yellow (Y),
  • and black (K).


To create a three-dimensional representation of a given color space, we can assign:

  • the amount of magenta color to the representation's X axis,
  • the amount of cyan to its Y axis,
  • the amount of yellow to its Z axis.

The resulting 3-D space provides a unique position for every possible color that can be created by combining those three pigments.

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