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Color Gamut Definition

Color Gamut Definition

Color gamut is the entire range of colors and tones achievable by an imaging system. More specifically, the portion of the color spectrum that can be reproduced when transforming from RGB colors to CMYK colors.

The color gamut of a printing device is determined by the hue, saturation, and lightness of its cyan, magenta, yellow, black inks, the brightness, and other characteristics of the substrate on which they are printed.

Computer monitors which display RGB colors typically have larger color gamut than printing devices which use CMYK inks, especially in deep blues and blacks. This means the printed image will be less vivid than the original RGB image viewed on screen. Thus, printing the image requires transforming the image from the original RGB color space to the printer’s CMYK color space. During this process, the colors from the RGB which are out of gamut must be converted to approximate values within the CMYK space gamut.
When a color is “out of gamut,” it cannot be properly converted to the target device.
A wide color gamut color space is a color space that is supposed to have more colors than the human eye.

Kornit has developed advanced textile printers with the widest color gamut in the DTG world. Learn more about Kornit’s DTG printing solutions, and discover unparalleled printing quality, speed and performance.