RGB vs CMYK: When and How to use it!

Hey friends! Okay so, as a designer (a self-taught designer) there are some things you MUST know. One of those things are knowing you image file formats. This can determine how your images will look on screen or on print. A couple of months ago, I told you the difference between JPEG vs PNG and how to use those formats. Today, I will be sharing the difference between RGB and CMYK

 

RGB - Red, Green, & Blue

RGB is best used for images you want to display on a computer screen. RGB uses the primary colors red, blue, and green and they are the colors of light. Your computer uses light to display colors, so all computers use RGB to display those colors. 

TIP: When creating images in Photoshop and Illustrator make sure you change the settings to RGB MODE. In Adobe Illustrator, when creating a logo or vector image, go to File in the top menu and select "Document Color Mode" and choose "RGB Color". In Adobe Photoshop, when creating a logo or layout,  go to "Image" in the top menu, go to "Mode"  and then select "CMYK Color".

 

 

CMYK - Cyan, MAGENTA, YELLOW, Black

CMYK is best used for producing printed materials. You know when you install your printer ink (which I hate doing), it is made up of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black.

TIP: When creating images in Photoshop and Illustrator make sure you change the settings to CMYK MODE. In Adobe PhotoShop, when creating a logo or layout,  go to "Image" in the top menu, go to "Mode" and choose "CMYK Color". In Adobe Illustrator, when creating a logo or vector image, go to File in the top menu and select "Document Color Mode" and choose "CMYK Color".

 

So Friends, I hoped this help solve the mystery of what is RGB and CMYK....like you really cared, lol! But this will help you determine how to create your images and which mode is best for the screen or for print.

xo, Rekita

 

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