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What is the difference between RGB and CMYK?

January 2015, by Martyn handy labels   0 Comment(s)

RGB stands for ‘Red, Green, and Blue’ and are dots of light that your computer monitor and TV screen display in. RGB has a very wide range of colour and is not printer friendly.

All of our printers use a 4-colour ink/toner process CMYK - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (K). This is the industry standard for representing ink on paper and what we use to transform your digital files into printed media.

To tell the difference between RGB and CMYK, take a look at the example below of a RGB colour wheel converted to CMYK. The vivid colours appear true on the RGB wheel but are impossible to replicate in CMYK.

Colour wheels showing the difference between RGB and CMYK.

If you use RGB colours or images within your design we will need to convert them to CMYK, which could possibly make the design appear washed-out when printed.

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