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How Computers Work, Ninth Edition by Timothy Edward Downs, Ron White

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Chapter 33. How Color Printing Works

How Color Printing Works

THERE were two revolutions in computer printing in the twentieth century. One was the laser printer, which brings typeset-quality printing of text and graphics to the masses. The second was the development of inexpensive, fast, high-quality color printing.

The complexity of color printing, of course, means trade-offs. At the low-price end is the color ink-jet printer. It is in some ways a dot-matrix printer without the impact and with four times the colors. A color inkjet costs barely more than a black-and-white ink-jet. The visual detail approaches that of laser printers, in some printers surpassing it. But ink-jet ...

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