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What is a Color Space?

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A color space is an organized collection of colors. This term is used for the colors supported by digital devices and file formats. Color spaces may also be device-independent so as to achieve compatibility between devices.


A digital camera uses a color space specific to the manufacturer. When a photographer edits the photo, the software converts the photo to the software's color space. When the photo is displayed on a screen, the video adapter converts it to another color space specific to that device.


A color space is typically implemented with a mathematical model known as a color model.
Overview: Color Space
Definition (1)
An organized collection of colors.
Definition (2)
A collection of colors supported by a device, file format or software tool.
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Color Theory

This is the complete list of articles we have written about color theory.
Analogous Color
Color Combinations
Color Depth
Color Harmony
Color is Real
Color Perception
Color Purity
Color Saturation
Color Scheme
Color Space
Color Symbolism
Color Temperature
Complementary Colors
Corporate Colors
Heat Map
Impossible Colors
Monochromatic Color
Primary Colors
Rainbow Colors
Spectral Color
Tints And Shades
Visible Spectrum
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