At Village Print & Media, we are undoubtedly committed to giving our clients a seamless experience with each and every one of their projects. Today, we’re going to quickly cover a topic that is going to make anyone who deals with print files life a whole lot easier: the difference between RGB and CMYK color modes.
Having basic knowledge of RGB and CMYK color modes is critical for producing quality digital and print materials. Once you become aware of which color mode is best for your needs, building and executing your files becomes much easier and eliminates the risk of unexpected color results. Below is a quick breakdown:
Which color mode is best for my needs?
- If the end result is going to be featured on a digital device, such as a computer or tablet, your file should be built in RGB color mode.
- If the end result is going to be printed, your file should be built in CMYK color mode.
What is the difference between the two color modes?
- RGB is based off of light and CMYK is based off of ink.
- RGB color mode enhances colors that are going to be featured on a digital device. Red, green, and blue (RGB) light are mixed to create any color on screen.
- CMYK color mode enhances colors that are going to be printed. Cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK) ink are mixed to create thousands of different colors on paper.
What are the risks of preparing my file in the wrong color mode?
- If your file is set up in RGB color mode instead of CMYK, the colors will not print as they are seen on screen.
How can I make my life easier when dealing with color mode?
- It’s helpful to have a Pantone color guide on hand for reference as to how certain color formulas will look when printed.