Mar 182011
Additive colour (e.g. Monitors – RGB)
Additive colour works by mixing light sources. 

The primary additive colours used are Red, Green & Blue and are measured on a scale of 0 to 255 (0 being no light and 255 being full intensity).

If you combine 255 of all Red, Green & Blue then we see White. If all 3 are at 0 then we see black.

Subtractive Colour (e.g. Print – CMY)
Subtractive colour is based on light being absorbed by a surface, and the light that isn’t absorbed is reflected as a colour. 

The Primary colours we use are Cyan, Yellow & Magenta. If you coat a white surface equally with 100% of Cyan, Yellow & Magenta then we see black and where there is no colour we see white.

In printing we also add Black to achieve better grey shading than what can be achieved with CMY alone. Black also allows us to make a darker colour than we can produce with just CMY.


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