The difference between CMYK and RGB.

Everyday we all look at images on screens and in print. Obviously, you are looking at one now. You may have wondered or not realised how these images are produced. 

Below we explain the complex mixing of light on screens and ink on paper to create different shades, intensities and hues of colour. 

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RGB

RGB or red, green and blue are the primary colours of light used within computer monitors and television screens to make up full colour images. Images for use on screen should be saved as RGB files.

RGB

CMYK

CMYK or cyan, magenta, yellow and black are the primary colours used in the print process when printing a full colour image. Have a look at your colour desktop printer and you will see the same colours used. Images for use in print should be saved as CMYK files. 

CMYK

 

If you would like to understand more, have any questions or would like to discuss a requirement, please contact our team or have a look at our print production capabilities to see how we might help you.