When it’s time to design your labels you’ll want to understand the difference betwee RBG and CMYK.

RGB and CYMK are referred to as “color spaces” or formats.

Digital scanners and cameras use a combination of just three colors to create images. The 3 colors used are Red, Green, Blue.

These are the primary colors of light and used by computers to display images on your screen.

Commercial printing presses print full colors images using a different set of colors.  The primary colors are CYMK which are pigments of  Cyan (blue), Magents (Red), Yellow and Black (K was used for black to avoid confusion with blue).

This 4-color process is often referred to as “full color” and is what you normally see in magazine, brochures etc.

If you send us an RGB file of your label or logo chances are the colors of your final print will look different than what you see on your computer screen.


Why are printed colors different?

There certain RGB colors that you can see on your monitor, specifically, bright vibrant colors) that cannot be replicated with standard CMYK inks. These RGB colors are said to be “out of the CMYK color gamut.”

What can I do to ensure I’m selecting colors the CMYK printer can reproduce?

When selecting colors for your label or project, we recommend using CMYK color builds to avoid potential RGB conversion issues. If you are using one of the higher-end graphics programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illutrator, MS Publisher you can select to view your design in CMYK mode rather than RGB.

What happens when NuCare designs my label or logo?

We use CMYK builds in our design software so the files you receive to review your label or logo are as close in color and color vibrancy to the final print as possible.