The human eye discerns between 8 and 12 million colors. Computer monitors display about 16 million colors. In the past, putting this range of colors onto paper was virtually impossible. Standard offset printing uses 4 different color inks mixed in various percentages to create colors. This process permits fast duplication, but the range of colors is limited. A range of colors is called a gamut
In the past 15 years, ink jet technology has advanced to the point that printing the vast majority of digitally captured colors is possible.
These ink jet printers, which were once use as proofing devices in the printing industry, are now widely recognized as the best printers for fine art printing.
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