Updated: 02/07/2022 by Computer Hope
Cyan-colored circle, Magenta-colored circle, Yellow-colored circle, intersecting in the middle to make black

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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