What is a Colour Gamut ?

What is a Colour Gamut ?

Colour Gamut refers to the entire range of colors available on a particular device such as a monitor or printer.

A Card Printer is made up of a collection of electronic, software, firmware and manual components.  These components work together to yield a particular colour range capability for that printer model.

Several Observations:

  1. Card Printers are not WYSIWYG.  A monitor, which displays RGB signals, typically has a greater color gamut than a printer, which uses CMYK inks.  This means that you may choose a colour on the monitor that the printer is not capable of printing.

  2. Within the CMYK colour range, each printer model will print a smaller subset of the CMYK Gamut.  There is considerable overlap between the printers, so only a small percentage of colours are not actually achievable on certain models.

  3. When you transition from one printer model to another, you will notice a difference in the output colour.  Upgrading from an older printer to a newer printer results in a noticeable colour difference on the printed card, and that can cause considerable concern.
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