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Gamut means the range of visible colors in a given space. The term "gamut" can be used more broadly to mean the whole range of available pieces of a whole object. In the study of color, a gamut often refers to the range of colors produced by a device, such as a computer monitor, a printer, a camera, or electronic devices. However, it may also refer to the range of colors sketched on a painting, or what is perceived by the human eye.

A major issue relating to gamuts is the inability to produce an electronic device that covers the entire color space. As yet, no electronic device can reproduce every color in the visible light spectrum.[1] Another issue is implementing different color mixing schemes and matching their gamuts. A prime example is matching color on a computer monitor to color on a piece of paper printed from the computer. The colors will not perfectly match up because the monitor and printer use different gamuts (the monitor uses an additive RGB color model while the printer uses a subtractive CYMK model).[2]

See Also


  1. Why colors sometimes don't match, in Using Adobe Illustrator CS4. Accessed 12 September 2011.
  2. Koren, Norman; Printer calibration, in Making fine prints in your digital darkroom. Accessed 12 September 2011.