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101 – Color, LUTs and You

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What is color?


RGB

Red, Green, Blue

This is a additive color created from light emitting pixels
Example: TV, Monitors, phones, etc

CMYK

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, BlacK

*Key is also used to avoid confusion with blue in RGB

This is a subtractive color created from pigments
Example: Magazines, books, comic, etc

Computers

How does a computer see color?

Because computers are based on math all calculations are done in linear space.

Humans

How do humans see color?

Humans tend to see more colors in a mid range. We tend to see less dark and bright colors

Printers

How do printers see color?

Printers put color to paper via Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and blacK ink.


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