Why Converting to CMYK Is Important
Mark Gerhardt| Oct 26, 2023 |
2 min read
Hi, I'm Abby, and I'm going to show you the difference between RGB and CMYK. Let's get started.
In this sample, the RGB is on the left, and the CMYK is on the right. When reviewing your file on a monitor or screen, the appearance is different than what is actually printed due to the difference between RGB and CMYK makeup. RGB has a vast and diverse color range that is created by light and is not limited by the combination of colors used to process the image, whereas CMYK, is limited to a four pigment process, which is the cyan, magenta, yellow, and black.
When converted, the colors may become muted or duller in appearance. For this sample, this is an RGB. So when you convert it to CMYK, you can see it does become muted. So once again, the difference between RGB CMYK. RGB, CMYK. It is important to convert your colors to CMYK before sending them to us so that you can make any necessary adjustments to the file to get a color you'll be happy with.
In addition, when you convert to CMYK, watch the blues in your artwork. A good rule of thumb is to have a 30% difference between cyan and magenta. So, in this sample, the cyan is 100, and the magenta is 98. By adjusting the values of the four colors, cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, you should be able to gain a color that you're happy with. So, on the right is the 30% between the cyan and the magenta. If you compare the two, you can tell that this looks a little bit more purple, and it will print more purple in CMYK if there's not enough percentage between the cyan and the magenta.
There are many RGB to CMYK converters online that will also be able to help you by telling you the exact color numbers of CMYK. Thank you for taking the time to watch my video. I hope it helped. If you have any further questions, please let us know.
With his 18 years of experience in graphic design, Mark leads the Design Team at Cactus Mailing. His expertise lies in conceptualizing designs that are not only visually appealing but are also ingrained with elements known to optimize response rates.