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CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black, respectively.

Some people have stated that K is used because it is the last letter of "black." However, that is not correct. Black is symbolized by K, which stands for "key" because in the printing industry the black plate was used as a reference to key, or align, the other color plates.

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The "K" in CMYK stands for "key," specifically referring to the color black in the color model used for printing. The combination of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black is used to create a wide range of colors in printed materials.

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CMYK stands for- C= Cyan, M=Magenta, Y=Yellow, K=Black


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The K in CMYK can can stand for either blacK or Key colour.The "K" in CMYK stands for key since in four-color printing cyan, magenta, and yellow printing plates are carefully keyed or aligned with the key of the black.Suggesting that the "K" in CMYK comes from the last letter in "black" and was chosen because B already means is incorrect.Courtesy of Wikipedia;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CMYK_color_model


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