Which One, CMYK or RGB? That is the Question.

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Often, NH printers are questioned by customers on the differences between CMYK and RGB colors.  Which is best for their artwork, how do you know, and, of course, why? While the answer may seem confusing, you may be surprised at how easy it is to understand the differences. Knowing which color code is best for viewing, and which is best for printing, is quite simple! In this article, we’re giving you a quick overview RGB and CMYK applications.


The RGB color model is an additive color model in which the primary colors – red, green, and blue – are added together in various ways. When combining additive colors, the result is white light. By creating white light, displays can reproduce a broad range of colors. However, the most common applications of this color code are through computer monitors, LCD screens, or other large scale screens.  The common denominator – screens.

Although RGB usually works well enough for printing from home computers, CMYK is generally preferred for professional printing.


Cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK), on the other hand, are the colors used in the offset printing process and known as subtractive mixing. All colors begin as white, and layers are added on, reducing the brightness. Thus, mixing all colors together will result in black.

Even if you’re designing your work online in RGB color code, converting your file to CMYK color code before the printing process is always recommended to gauge a realistic view of how your printed piece will look. 

In conclusion, if you’re looking for printers in NH, chances are they’ll manage your file conversion for you.  However, there is always a chance that your printed product will differ slightly than the image on your screen.  With a little know how, creating your files in CMYK, or converting them beforehand will provide you will an accurate printed result. Again, variations may occur depending on external factors.  For example, your paper thickness and finish play a significant role in the coloration of your work.

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Trusted for decades, our team at The Print Factory is here to help you with all of your NH printing needs! Contact us today for more information (603) 880-4519.