Written by Scott Martin
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Perhaps when you've approached a printer with a job, they have mentioned four little letters which mean a lot: namely, CMYK. CMYK is a color scheme for combining what are known as the "primary pigments." This leads to wonderful color possibilities for you as you approach your printing jobs.

CMYK: Breaking Down the Letters

The C in CMYK stands for the color cyan, which is an aqua hue. The M stands for magenta, or a dark pink. Y represents yellow, and K stands for black (the "K" in black giving way to the acronym).

This pigment model is used in many graphics programs, and used by the majority of printers. While you might have heard of the RGB (Red, Green, Blue) color scheme used on computer screens, the CMYK represents those same colors once they are made into the hard copy. For this reason, your printer might ask you to choose a particular color or hue in CMYK values.

How Much Do You Have to Know about CMYK?

Luckily, if you're using a printer who is worth his or her salt, you won't need to feel encumbered with CMYK knowledge. Simply show the printer examples of the hues you want, and leave the CMYK handling up to them. You'll soon find that the entire process is easier than you ever imagined.

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