Colour Behaviour Study of Japan / True Black on Real Life Physical Paper & on Computer Displays or Screens

I am hereby documenting few of my thoughts about black colour behaviour on Physical Paper & on Computer Display or on Screen.

I was from BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) – Applied Art background so we had subjects like Illustration, Calligraphy, Typography, Print Media Design, Logo & Symbol Design, Branding & Identity Design.

We use to design our assignments using Japan Black ink which is vary dark in contrast & which creates high contrast reach feeling of black colour tone on white paper.

So when we print our designs done in Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw we use to fill the design with (CMYK) Cyan: 100%, Magenta: 100%, Yellow: 100%, K(Black): 100% than using only K: 100%. This CMYK values use to create high contrast Japan Black ink fill on White Paper.


But on Computer Displays with RGB (Red, Green, Blue) Colour Profile it seems to be doesn’t work. Japan Black i.e. R: 0, G: 0, B: 0 Will create illusion of bad but vary dull looking feel of Black colour. It seems Japan Black or True Black doesn’t suites computer screens as far as I am concern.


So now on I have started using dark Grey Tones using Hex Value of #333333 which really suites computer display or screens whether be it CRT, LCD, Retina HD Displays.

I have great reviews or comments from Dribbble users or any critic of my designs or Artworks for Dark Greys than Japan / True Black Colour.

Dark Grey Tones like #333333 works well & are more pleasant to eyes than just Japan or True Black colour.

I hope you will agree with me on my colour profile study.

Thanks & Regards
Mandar Apte

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