Printing and Publishing – What is CMYK?

In printing terminology CMYK is short for Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black. CMYK is the standard color model used in offset printing for full-color documents. Because such printing uses inks of these four basic colors, it is often called four-color printing.

Another common color model for screen and websites (not for printing) is RGB, which stands for Red-Green-Blue. Display devises, such as computer screens, generally use this color model. Full color documents cannot print in RGB, they have to print in CMYK.

We provide printing for customers all over Los angeles Glendale Burbank and often a customer will design their documents in RGB as most design software is set to that as default, and later will convert their color profile to CMYK prior to printing. If the customer does not do this, the printer has a program that automatically does it for them. In converting from RGB to CMYK often the colors don’t look the same as what appeared on the monitor. If you’re experiencing this problem and need your documents to match specific colors, Clear Print can help.

There are many ways to achieve desired colors. Send us your files or come in and see us if you have a color-critical project. We’re located in Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley, just minutes away from Simi Valley, Moorpark, Santa Clarita and, Westlake Village Thousand Oaks. Or all 818-709-1220 and ask for an Account Representative who can help you.

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