Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope

Short for cyan, magenta, yellow, and key, CMYK is the four-color model used for printing standard colors. The image is an example of colors created when variations of the original three are mixed.


The "K" in CMYK stands for key, a traditional word for a black printing plate.

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