Aug 04 2010

What is the difference between the RGB and CMYK color?

Category: Printing & Publishing


RGB is used to describe the primary colors of light (Red, Green, & Blue) that are used in many television monitors, digital cameras, and other electronic devices with color displays. RGB colors are considered additive. Additive colors combine to create the color white.

CMYK, on the other hand, refers to the pigment colors of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. These colors are considered subtractive colors or colors that when combined create black. CMYK is most often used in the printing and publishing industry.

Transitioning from RGB to CMYK can be tricky and is often the most difficult part of the transition from digital to print. Most photo editing programs do a decent job of transitioning from RGB to CMYK but CMYK color swatches are the best option to get a true feel of the color you are generating.

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