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Understanding the Differences between RGB and CMYK for Print Design

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When it comes to designing for print, especially for t-shirt companies and signage companies, it's important to understand the difference between the RGB and CMYK color models. When you design something on a computer or phone using colors, the colors you see on the screen are made up of red, green, and blue light (RGB) But when it comes to printing that same design on a t-shirt or sign, the colors are made up of different inks: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. This means that some colors that appear bright and vibrant on a screen may appear dull or muted when printed.

When converting from RGB to CMYK, it's important to keep in mind that not all colors are reproducible in the CMYK color space. Some colors may need to be adjusted or modified to ensure that they look as close as possible to the original design. 

Another thing to consider is that the way the colors are printed on different materials can also affect the final color. Different types of ink and printing processes, like screen print, can produce different results, and the texture and color of the material itself can also play a role. For example, a t-shirt fabric will absorb ink differently than a glossy paper or a vinyl.

When it comes to business branding, it's also worth mentioning that there are other color spaces and models like Pantone numbers. These colors are widely used in branding and packaging industry, and they are the standard colors used by the graphic design industry. Using Pantone numbers in your logo or design can ensure that your colors will match across different mediums and materials.

In summary, when designing for print, it's important to keep in mind that the colors you see on the screen may not look the same when printed on a t-shirt or sign. - Amy 


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