RGB VS CMYK | Prepping your files for final print production
To ensure the document you're submitting for print has met all minimum guidelines, we recommend using our certified print templates. Using our ready-to-go print templates will assure that the files are set up correctly for print. This will avoid any delays in the design/printing process. Our certified print templates include required bleed lines, resolution and color mode.
The Difference Between RGB & CMYKThe most common mistake we see with customer submitted artwork is the color mode being set to RGB instead of CMYK. Although changing the color mode may seem like a quick fix, you might find yourself seeing unintentional color changes. It's important to start designing in the CMYK color mode to avoid any future surprises. The RGB (monitor color) gamut contains many more colors than CMYK (print color) gamut has to offer.
RGB (red, green & blue) is an additive color system where light is used to mix colors; the more light you add the brighter and more vibrant the color gets. When working on digital designs you’ll often be working in RGB mode because that’s how your monitor works, but the problem arises when we’re creating a design for print using an RGB based tool.
CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow & black (key)) is a subtractive color system where inks are mixed to create a range of different hues, much like mixing paint as a traditional artist. The more ink you mix the darker the color gets. The spectrum of colors that can be produced by light is much wider than the range achievable by ink, so our design applications have a special CMYK mode to limit the “gamut” of the colors we have available when creating a design that will ultimately be printed.
If you're very serious about how the color needs to turn out, we highly suggest checking out PANTONE® formula guides.
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