CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (Black), which are the four primary colors used in the printing industry. CMYK is a subtractive color model, meaning that colors are created by subtracting different amounts of light from white to achieve the desired hue.
Here’s a brief explanation of each color in the CMYK model:
Cyan (C): Cyan is a blue-green color and is used as one of the primary colors in CMYK printing. It absorbs red light, making it suitable for creating shades of blue and green.
Magenta (M): Magenta is a purplish-red color and is another primary color in the CMYK model. It absorbs green light, allowing it to produce shades of red and purple.
Yellow (Y): Yellow is a bright, sunny color and one of the primary colors in the CMYK color model. It absorbs blue light, enabling it to create shades of yellow and other warm colors.
Key (K) or Black: The letter ‘K’ represents black in the CMYK model. It is used to provide depth, contrast, and detail to the printed image. Mixing cyan, magenta, and yellow inks can create black, but using a separate black ink (Key) provides a richer, more consistent black color.