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Adobe® Photoshop® 7.0 Classroom in a Book® by Adobe Creative Team

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Color management: An overview

Although all color gamuts overlap, they don’t match exactly, which is why some colors on your monitor can’t be reproduced in print. The colors that can’t be reproduced in print are called out-of-gamut colors, because they are outside the spectrum of printable colors. For example, you can create a large percentage of colors in the visible spectrum using programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, but you can reproduce only a subset of those colors on a desktop printer. The printer has a smaller color space or gamut (the range of colors that can be displayed or printed) than the application that created the color.

Visible spectrum containing millions of colors (far left) compared with color gamuts of various ...

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