Glossary of Printing Terms:
Saturation

  1. Refers to how much a particular wavelength from a light source dominates the other wavelengths.

For example, with a weak dull blue, less of the blue wavelength would be visible than with a deep bright blue. With the bright blue, the blue wavelength is dominate over the other wavelengths of light (red and green).

  1. Saturation is the purity of color.

An attribute of perceived color, or the percentage of hue in a color.

Saturated colors are called vivid, strong, or deep.

Desaturated colors are called dull, weak, or washed out.

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