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Old 09-09-2011, 15:04   #1 (permalink)
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CMYK or RGB colors?

Hi There...

i want to order some booklets to print, but i don't know which color printing will be best on them...
I came to know that from this forum that there are two types of colors..
CMYK
RGB

After getting information about these two... i am bit confused which one is better for the booklets...?
I just want to get some information about these both colors.
Every post will be highly appreciated.
Many thanks in advance...

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Old 09-09-2011, 16:02   #2 (permalink)
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Re: CMYK or RGB colors?

I would expect the submitting the images in RGB would be good enough. The printer should be able to set them up for their printing purposes.
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Re: CMYK or RGB colors?

CMYK is a specialist print colour space. The company that you use to do your prints will usually advise what colour space to use. Most will say sRGB, but it is always best to check. It ought to be on their web site where they specify the file type, butr if you can't find it contact them.
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Re: CMYK or RGB colors?

Like some one said ,half of the world works in RGB mode and other half works in CMYK.. As Deb said rightly CMYK is mode at which press print work. but lately I have noticed , they do accept RGB processed picture and the printer software convert it into corresponding color .But there lies a pit fall , if I am not mistaken ,some color like yellow ,for an example which may come out very nicely on CMYK printer ,but may not be able to reproduce blue that properly.. I think there is gamut difference...
So the bottom line is after making all the process in RGB mode ( if you are comfortable in that ) .. convert a copy of that in CMYK mode just to get a rough idea , How will it look after print
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Re: CMYK or RGB colors?

Always go for RGB unless they specifically tell you otherwise. CMYK is for making colour separation plates for offset and lithographic printing but each printer's machine will have it's own gamut, just like when we print at home and use different inks and papers. Therefore these days most printers prefer to make their own separations. all the photo book printers that I have used ask for standard sRGB colour mode.

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