Colour Spaces mini-Demo

Prompted by a question from a friend, I did a brief read-up on colour spaces, as the concept still eluded me somewhat. One very useful entry I found was at HiDefColor.com What I found was very interesting:

In a nutshell, a colour space defines the collection and limit of the total set of colours that can be represented in that space. The RGB colour space due to it being additive, can represent more vibrant colours than CMYK space.

As a mini-demo, I provide above one of my photos:

  • rendered in using AdobeRGB space (top left)
  • converted to, and rendered in, Generic CMYK space (bottom left)
  • and the same CMYK after having maxed out the Contrast properties

It speaks for itself.

All this time I thought vibrant photos on screen would turn out vibrant in print. Nope. Converting to a CMYK colourspace as the final stage in the workflow gives a preview of what will happen to those flashy colours when the image is printed. Thank goodness.

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