Why is submitting RGB file to print is not a good idea?

If you are an inexperienced designer, you are likely to not know what RGB and CMYK is then, reading this piece can help you save money, time, and headache.

color modesWhen printing a RGB file, disappointment will follow, as RGB colors do not translate to print well. RGB files need to be converted into CMYK order to get the precise color we see on screen onto paper. RGB colors are beyond the range of CMYK which translates your prints to appear darker and duller on paper than the colors we see on a monitor.

To perform conversions from RGB to CMYK use software such as Photoshop or Illustrator. Once completed your prints will look bright and vibrant. Never expect your screen color to be the same as your final prints.

rgb-vs-cmyk-spot-colorRGB Short for red, green, blue monitor, a monitor that requires separate signals for each of the three colors. This differs from color televisions, for example, which use composite video signals, in which all the colors are mixed together. All color computer monitors are RGB monitors.

CMYK Short for Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black, and pronounced as separate letters. CMYK is a color model in which all colors are described as a mixture of these four process colors. CMYK is the standard color model used in offset printing for full-color documents. Because such printing uses inks of these four basic colors, it is often called four-color printing.

[one_half]ILLUSTRATOR: These are the steps of converting RGB into CMYK with Adobe Illustrator. Once you are in the home page of Adobe Illustrator choose Menu bar>File>Document color mode>CMYK Color. Then select Edit>Edit All. Then select Edit> Edit Colors> Convert to CMYK. This process is quick and easy.

illustrator-convert-to-cmyk[/one_half] [one_half_last]PHOTOSHOP: There are just a few quick steps for converting RGB files with Adobe Photoshop. First we open the image we need to convert. Then on top of the window click Image>Mode>CMYK Mode>Merge.


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