a process of color photography in which the colors are formed by combination of cyan, yellow, and magenta lights.
Compare additive process.
Origin of subtractive process
First recorded in 1925–30
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
British Dictionary definitions for subtractive process
a photographic process in which all but the desired colours are removed by passing the illuminating light through subtractive filtersCompare additive process
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012