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One of the elements of design, in page layout and design color can evoke moods and make powerful statements. The designer has an almost endless supply of individual colors from which to choose. However, when it comes time to display colors on screen as in Web design or to print colors on paper (or other surfaces) there are technical limitations to that use of color.

Some of the short definitions of color related to how it is used in desktop publishing and graphic design include:

  • a visual sensation created by the reflection of light that is perceived as red, blue, yellow, etc.

    "Colors on screen are displayed by mixing varying amounts of red, green, and blue light." What is RGB?

  • a specific value and saturation of a hue

    "Hue, Saturation, Value or HSV is a color model that describes colors (hue or tint) in terms of their shade (saturation or amount of gray) and their brightness (value or luminance)." What is HSV?

  • not black or white (color as opposed to b&w or grayscale)

    "An image composed of shades of gray is described as grayscale. Often referred to as black and white, strictly speaking a true black and white image is composed only of black and white while a grayscale image has black, white, and various shades of gray in between black and white." What is Grayscale?

  • pigments used in painting

    "Pigment is the substance or powder that makes up the color of a paint." About.com Painting: What is a Pigment?

  • ink used in printing (4-color / CMYK / cyan|magenta|yellow|black) or spot color printing)

    "To reproduce full-color photographic images, typical printing presses (and some inkjet printers) use 4 colors of ink. The four inks are placed on the paper in layers of dots that combine to create the illusion of many more colors." What is CMYK?

Using Color in Design

Printing Color

Also Known As: hue | tint | shade
Alternate Spellings: colour

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