Subtractive Colors


  • Since the colors of objects are white light minus the color absorbed by the object, they are called subtractive. This is how ink on paper works. The subtractive colors of process ink are CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) and are specifically balanced to match additive colors (RGB).


  1. Formerly American Document Management, Glossary of Terms, now 5i Solutions Glossary.
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