Definition of color separation in US English:

color separation


Photography Printing
  • 1Any of three negative images of the same subject taken through green, red, and blue filters and combined to reproduce the full color of the original.

    • ‘Second and subsequent editions are much less expensive than first printings because the bulk of the color separation work is already finished.’
    • ‘Alas, what we get is a full-frame, middle-grade transfer with decent color separation but weak depth, and some truly annoying edge enhancement.’
    • ‘The color separation fluctuates almost from one frame to the next - characters and backgrounds change hues willy-nilly, like a psychedelic nightmare.’
    • ‘In advertising, animation plays a major role in graphics design and illustrations, while publishing houses rely on it for page layout and colour separation.’
    1. 1.1 The production of color separations.
      • ‘I had found two different design magazines that used enlarged color separations of the Mona Lisa for an illustration.’
      • ‘He specializes in making digital camera color separations look their best, serving printers, graphic designers and photographers.’
      • ‘The photography is excellent, the color separations are consistently accurate, and the localities showcased are arguably the most famous in the world.’
      • ‘He uses the computer to create color separations and facilitate his experiments with scale.’
      • ‘Perhaps the most important lesson I learned was the importance of good color separations.’


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