RE: Gum Tri-Color Yellow

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Date: 07/07/04-02:46:13 PM Z
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A minor terminology point: RGB is used for additive coloring and CMY[K} is used for subtractive. Monitors are RGB, but printed matter is CMY[K}. Printed things look black becasue the printing primaries of CMY "subtract" colors of the other frequencies from the reflected light by absorbing the other colors. When you see red printed matter, you are seeing what is left over after the printed matter has absorbed the other frequencies. If you are doing tri-color printing, you are using CMY, and CMYK is CMY with a optional K to give a true black over the combination of CMY.

Bill Leigh
> How many of you gum printers use four separations? I have read that the
> K carries much of the contrast and therefore screws up colour balance. I
> was just wondering who prefers RGB, who prints with CMYK??????
> Kate
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Katharine Thayer [] 
> Sent: Monday, 5 July 2004 1:25 a.m.
> To:
> Subject: Re: Gum Tri-Color Yellow
> Katharine Thayer wrote:
> > 
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > I wonder if the muddy brown is an issue not so much of the colors
> used, but perhaps poor color seperation in the negatives, or too fine a
> screen in the seperate negatives. Larger dots of each color might give
> better color rendition, just as it does with inkjet printing and matte
> papers.
> > >
> > > Mark Nelson
> > 
> > Not likely in my opinion. I haven't printed tricolor from continuous
> > tone negatives, although Dave has (sorry, I can't think of Dave's last
> > name at the moment, but you know, Cowboy Dave) quite successfully; I
> > don't remember seeing any brown tones in his tricolor gums.  I've
> > printed tricolors from many different types and resolutions of digital
> > negatives, and I've never seen this brown tone in my own tricolor work
> > from beginning to end. So I'm inclined to say it has little to do with
> > the negative and much to do with the pigment. The fact that it didn't
> > improve for Tom with different curves but it did improve when he
> > switched from PV19 to PR209 should be an indication right there (I'm
> > assuming he was using the same negatives).
> > 
> This is not to say that I don't believe it's possible for someone to
> make really eccentric color separations that create weird color
> combinations, but why would anyone do that? Even if their intent was to
> create weird color combinations; it seems to me that weird color
> combinations can be better (and more cheaply both in time and money for
> negative materials) effected by choosing pigments that would create
> weird colors in combination with eeach other than by trying different
> weird color separations to see what happens, unless it's the
> unpredictability that interested one. 
> Also want to make it clear that I don't think this brownish or
> brownish-purply cast has anything to do with how dilute or concentrated
> the pigment is. I've printed with pigment concentrations ranging from
> totally saturated color to just a whisper of color for each of the
> primaries, and have never seen these brownish tones with the pigments I
> use; the color combinations are clear and not brown no matter what the
> pigment concentration. 
> Katharine
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