Why it's CMYK and not CMYB

Design by Patrick Seymour

Why it's CMYK and not CMYB by Patrick Seymour on Threadless
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sausage_moe

really cool idea, although it took me some time to get it...

mizuchaud

hee hee.
K's an evil bugger.

boostr29
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haha funny idea. :)

ndikol
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hahahaha :D :D

cstrebeck

The gun he's holding is a difficult to notice, but awesomely funny little detail. Although there is no bullet hole wound in the "B"....

pindian

i feel like an idiot for not understanding it at all.

Parmelyn

Great!:D

erls85

i need help on this one....

bottleHeD

Yeah, I love this, and I want it!

krishoward
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K is for KEY not because of black ends in K.

Patrick Seymour
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krishoward I already know that but it's funny to think it's not the real reason

dschwen
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LOL, cool!

antonia331

i dont get any of this at all. D: ?

Patrick Seymour
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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 key plate. Some sources suggest that the “K” in CMYK comes from the last letter in "black" and was chosen because B already means blue. However, this explanation, though plausible and useful as a mnemonic, is likely inaccurate, the speculative invention of authors unfamiliar with traditional printing technology.

Beddoes

I'm all over this!

Even with it's unintentional slightly racist undertones!

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