In this article, we will explain the reasons for the color difference between the screen and the printing material, which is one of the most common mistakes made by people who are not very familiar with the screen world in their first printing work. It is quite natural to make mistakes that will cause color differences, especially if you are not directly involved in graphic design and printing. Let’s find out why these color differences occur and how you can eliminate this difference to a large extent. Before moving on to this article, you can read our 3 WAYS TO PREPARE ATTRACTIVE PROMOTION STANDS.
CMYK vs RGB
CMYK is used as a printing method in many printing materials. CMYK- Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key, ie Cyan (Blue), Magenta (Pink), Yellow (Yellow) and basic Key (Black) colors. In CMYK printing, all colors in the design are obtained by mixing these colors. RGB is used in color rendering technology on computer screens. RBG means red, green and blue. All colors in RGB are obtained using these colors and are lighter than CMYK.
Due to the differences between these two methods, the number and tones of colors that can be obtained differ. The main difference between the two methods is the inclusion of the work in the RGB. Only dyes and pigments are used in CMYK. For this reason, it is not possible to draw the same color on the screen and anchor.
CMYK – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key
In RGB color mode, unlike CMYK color mode, when you combine all the colors in different amounts, you get white (ie the purest combination). The more colors you add on top of each other in CMYK color mode, the darker the result will be, resulting in a black color.
CMYK color mode is often used in large printers. On the other hand, high-end printers in homes and offices generally use RGB color mode. The reason why the CMYK color model is used in high-volume printing presses is that it costs much less than RGB printers. Therefore, when ordering prints from a printing house or online printing house, you must prepare your design taking into account the printing method (mainly CMYK).
RGB – Red, Green, Blue
RGB color mode uses red, green, and blue to create other colors you can see. Basically, this means that the RGB color mode creates other colors by combining different red, green, and blue colors. For example, if you want to create a yellow color, you only need to combine green and red. If you want to create a light blue color, add green and blue. RGB is a color mode that is often associated with computer monitors and other screens. LCD / LED TVs use RGB color mode. Most cameras and digital scanners also use RGB. The reason why RGB is the standard color mode in most applications is that it offers the widest range of colors. By combining different amounts of primary colors (red, green and blue), you can achieve every color you want with great precision. Most photo editing programs use RGB as standard (including Photoshop), so you need to be more careful when designing for printing.
The main mistakes made in the design for printing
During our time in the printing industry, we produced tens of thousands of printed products for thousands of our customers, and one of the most common mistakes we see is designs that do not take into account the difference between RGB and CMYK. The reason for the default use of RGB color mode in Photoshop is that Photoshop is used for website design, photo editing, and various media formats that generally end up on a computer screen. For this reason, the default color mode in Photoshop is RGB, unless you specifically change it. Our customers can see the colors they see perfectly on their screens in a very different way than they are printed. The main reason for this is that the design is not made with the correct color scale.
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