Gray Component Replacement, abbreviated GCR, is a technique for replacing gray tones otherwise made from yellow, cyan and magenta separations instead with black ink. Advantages of GCR include: Black ink can be less costly than CMY inks. Resulting output is less susceptible to changes and shifts since you are not so heavily relying on the balance as much C, M, and Y. Brighter colors can sometimes be obtained on lower grade papers through the use of GCR. Disadvantages of GCR include: GCR may reduce the ability to adjust some colors. GCR is also termed "achromatic color removal."