Re: Cyan definition?

lilley (
Mon, 11 Dec 1995 04:05:31 +0000 (GMT)

> Ah, cyan is cyan. On a properly-calibrated Macintosh monitor, cyan
> will look precisely what way the cyan process color looks like (under
> appropriate lighting).
> Most PC monitors don't show cyan correctly unfortunately, due to
> the usual choice of gamma and some other common design flaws. But
> on a properly-calibrated PC monitor (assuming the monitor capable

> of that), cyan should be cyan.
Well, no. The colour you get with "porocess cyan" depends on the ink set, paper,
printing process and lighting. There is no magic about a mac that lets it
know all these thuings.

[sorry I am typing this on an unfamiliar system that does not aoppear to have a delete key!]

What you are running into here is the inherent device dependence of
RGB colour specification.

Note that with the primary and secondary colours, each of RGB is either at minimum or at maximum. Thus (uniquely) gamma correction or the lack of it does not affect the colours.

Chris Lilley, Technical Author and JISC representative to W3C 
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