Graphic Design Questions:




CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) is a four-color process model, which is used for color printing. RGB (red, green, blue) is a color model that is used for displaying images on electronic systems, including computers and televisions. When implementing graphic design for print, all images and assets must be converted to CMYK color in order to print properly. This is done in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. When images are converted into CMYK color, they may not be as vivid and vibrant as they were displayed on the screen.

What are PMS colors?

Before using either of these color systems in graphic design, you should note that one system isn’t necessarily better than the other. With that being said, both of these color systems are used for different things. CMYK color is used by color printers and the types of media used with this particular color system include signs, posters and flyers. On the other hand, RGB is used on computers and other electronic devices. A Pantone Matching System (PMS) is a proprietary color space used for printing spot colors. When printing PMS colors, they do not need to be broken down when printing, as a CMYK would need to.

What’s the difference between CMYK color and RGB in graphic design? was last modified: January 5th, 2015 by Kara