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 +====== Color Shotgun ======
  
 How the Color Shotgun works is it converts the selected color into a L*a*b color or Lch color then creates a range of colors and converts those to the output color. How the Color Shotgun works is it converts the selected color into a L*a*b color or Lch color then creates a range of colors and converts those to the output color.
  
-Its main purpose is to create a color chart you can physically print based on a starting color and then match the printed colors by eye to a sample such as a Pantone color from a Pantone book.+**The Color Shotgun is NOT a CMYK mixer**. It creates a range of colours based on the perceived difference between the colors and does not just change the colour formula which would result in duplicated colors and a messy layout. 
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 +The colors are arranged by Hue, Lightness and Saturation (chroma) or by the grey balance. This results in a chart with a logical and predictable layout making it easy to pick the correct color. 
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 +Its main purpose is to create a printed ​color chart based on a starting color , so you can then match the printed colors by eye (or with a measurement tool) to a sample such as a Pantone color from a Pantone book or a customer supplied sample.
  
 Since this is designed to be used when you do not have an exact match, a small error in the starting color is not a problem, as you will be printing dozens or 100's of swatches close to the starting color, one of these will usually be a match if the color is in Gamut. Since this is designed to be used when you do not have an exact match, a small error in the starting color is not a problem, as you will be printing dozens or 100's of swatches close to the starting color, one of these will usually be a match if the color is in Gamut.
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 **CMYK Conversions** \\ **CMYK Conversions** \\
 CMYK colors may not be converted to the same color percentage since the starting color is converted from CMYK to a L*a*b color then back to CMYK. This is because the black color value is not preserved, and since there are multiple ways to create a same in CMYK, the final color formula is determined by the ICC Color Profile used. CMYK colors may not be converted to the same color percentage since the starting color is converted from CMYK to a L*a*b color then back to CMYK. This is because the black color value is not preserved, and since there are multiple ways to create a same in CMYK, the final color formula is determined by the ICC Color Profile used.
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 +//It's important to remember that when printing to a digital printer, the color in your file is not the color formula used to print to the media. If your artwork is CMYK 0,100,50,0% that formula simply tells the printer what color you want. That formula will past through multiple color profiles and correction curves, so the actual mixtures of ink used on the media will be different. It should not be a concern if your starting colour changes from CMYK 0,95,70,25% to something more random CMYK 18,​100,​81,​9% as they both will print the same colour on a digital printer. // 
  
 **Grids** \\ **Grids** \\
 The colors are created in a logical grid using two methods. This logical ordering makes it much easier to find the right color. Always start with the center swatch on the middle block. You can choose how many steps in each grid and also the range (difference in color) The colors are created in a logical grid using two methods. This logical ordering makes it much easier to find the right color. Always start with the center swatch on the middle block. You can choose how many steps in each grid and also the range (difference in color)
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 **LCH Grid** \\ **LCH Grid** \\