Explaining CMYK, PMS and RGB for web and printing

What are the differences in color profiles for print and the web?

Boy are we happy you asked. While Naked Binder is not making custom binders and folders, our sister company Corporate Image does. Many designers are starting with web and digital design and then moving to offset printing. Whether you are making custom 3-ring binders and pocket folders or postcards understanding how the processes and colors work will make a huge difference.

Print:

CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black), or four color process, is a subtractive color model, meaning if you add together CMY you should get black.  Color mixes being what they are, Black was added to make sure a true black could get printed.

Web: 

RGB (Red, Green, Blue) is a additive color process generally used for digital devices and internet.  This works on the same principle of mixing light in which a mix of red, green and blue gives you…white.  Try that with ink.

PMS

PMS colors offer you a way to match exact print colors- since slight variations in mix on press can change a color.  Lets say your have a VERY specific corporate color in your logo.  CMYK will come very close, but if you want to be exact, you probably want to run the PMS color as a spot color.  You can specify PMS for digital use, but it will get translated to RGB.

The logocompany.net put out this great info-graphic and we thought you should take a look:

PMS, CYMK and PMS spot colors explained! Corporate Image

Don’t you feel informed?  Thanks Logo Company!

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