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Kelvin

 

Kelvin is an absolute temperature unit, which is used in science.

The color temperature is in Kelvin of a light source, a monitor or an image corresponds to the temperature of a perfectly black object, that would glow at this temperature.

Daylight is defined with 6500 Kelvin, standardized light for commercial printers and prepress in Europe is considered as D50 standard light with a color temperature of 5000 Kelvin.

The word “degrees” is incidentally not used in conjunction with Kelvin. A temperature of 5000 Kelvin is not referred to as “5000 degrees Kelvin,” but only over 5000 Kelvin or “K 5000”.

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About Matthias Betz

Born in 1970. Owner and CEO of Proof GmbH in Tübingen. Since the 1990s, Matthias is dealing with color management, proofing, standardized lightning technology, color-consistent work and soft proofing. He is a certified PDFX-ready Expert (X-1a and X-4) and a member of the examination board for media design at IHK Reutlingen. Proof GmbH is the first worldwide company certified for PSOCoatedV3 and PSOUncoatedV3 Contract Proofing.

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