CMYK vs RGB and What Is Best for Printing
When designing for digital mediums RGB colors are preferred and will help you avoid discrepancies with color profiles. In other words, if your images or design will exist in the virtual world such as on social media or for online advertising, RGB colors are best.
Why RGB Must Be Converted for Printing
Can you use CMYK vs RGB colors for computer graphics? The answer is yes. With modern software programs like Adobe Illustrator, you can choose to work either with CYMK or RGB colors.
However, in order to do four colour printing at a commercial printer, your files that use RGB colors must first be converted over to CYMK colors. Why, you ask? That’s because, when printing, CYMK is best for true color reproduction since, with few exceptions, almost the entire color spectrum can be reproduced with just the four CYMK process ink colors.
Keep in mind that computer monitors use RGB colors. CYMK vs RGB colors on computer monitors may not always display the same. Also, RGB colors on your monitor won’t match the final printed product as well as CYMK colors. Therefore, you will have more control if you convert from RGB to CYMK before sending your files to the printers. This will help ensure the final colors are exactly what you want.
Most graphics and image editing programs today can easily convert from RGB to CYMK.
Why RGB Colors Can’t Always Be Reproduced in Print
We mentioned that the combination of RGB colors creates “WHITE” and the combination of CMYK creates “BLACK.” Also, not all computer monitors are calibrated exactly the same. This is why it is not physically possible to reproduce the RGB colors you see on the monitor when your images are commercially printed.
Our printing experts here at PRI Graphics can help you if there any concerns about reproducing specific colors. Ask us about how to create effective presentation visuals.
About PRI Graphics in Phoenix AZ
As a Phoenix printing company, PRI Graphics (Perkinson Reprographics) offers professional printing services not only to clients in Arizona but also all across America. Whether you need digital printing, large format graphics printing or sign printing, no job is too large or too small. We can print anything from postcards, brochures, and flyers to car wraps, construction signage, and commercial wall coverings.
For in-house graphic design services, we can be reached locally at 602-393-3131.
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