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Subtractive Color

Subtractive Color

Author: Maria Tucker

In this lesson, you will learn how to recognize and explain subtractive color and its uses in visual communications.

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Terms to Know

stands for the ink colors of cyan, magenta, yellow and black; These inks are what is known as "four color process" in the commercial printing industry. They are mixed on the printed page to produce the illusion of full color.


stands for Pantone Matching System [tm]; This system is used in the commercial printing industry to specify, match and mix flat color inks.


coloring matter, usually powdered, mixed with a liquid base in order to produce paint or ink.

Subtractive Color Process

the mixing of color with pigment; subtractive color is seen when light is absorbed or reflected by pigment.