RGB refers to the primary colours of light, Red, Green and Blue. These are used in monitors, television screens, digital cameras and scanners. We use these daily in our Copy & Print department, based in Blackpool. Depending on what we're creating and printing, depends on whether we use CMYK or RGB or not. CMYK refers to the primary colours of pigment: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black.
I asked a member of staff in Copy & Print to explain the importance of knowing the difference, here is what Gareth said:
"When you read about ‘file requirements’, you’ll notice that we talk about CMYK and RGB. To put it simply, CMYK stands for cyan, magenta, yellow and black, which are the colours that printers, including ours, mix their colours from. Computer monitors display their images by mixing red, green and blue light, or RGB, and this is the required format for web graphics. What’s the difference?
Has this helped? It's worth knowing if you're in a creative field or interested in print. 99 Designs created an article on this topic too, to help upcoming designers create with more knowledge: Click here to read.
To order prints or for more printing information please head to our Poster Prints website: http://www.posterprints.co.uk/
First image by Greyson Joralemon.
Second image by Sergey Zolkin.
Third image by Joao Silas.
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