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In general, you can mentally manage this by following these rules: First, think in terms of Hue/Saturation/Value instead of RGB or CMYK. Value represents how much black is in the color, or how 'dark' an image is. The lower the Value, the darker the color. Value has by far the most effect on the appearance of a color in the B&W space, and you can ...


Because this type of color printing (low cost, letterpress, almost always black plus one or maybe two other inks) was really only capable of printing spots of color -- distinct regions. The term Spot color contrasts with reproduction of continuous tone images (photographs) or multicolor images (like comics) the require CMYK (process or 4-color) printing.


There is no one optimal contrast. Readability depends on a combination of contrast, font size, line height, font used, and audience's preference. Pulling from this great answer by Multicon on choosing colors for web design type: While a designer's eye should always be a part of the final equation when making design decisions, there is room to maneuver ...

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