Thank you for this excellent tidbit of information!! It's been valuable! Janet > -----Original Message----- > From: thelist-admin at lists.evolt.org > [mailto:thelist-admin at lists.evolt.org]On Behalf Of Liz Lawson > Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2000 3:48 AM > To: thelist at lists.evolt.org > Subject: Re: [thelist] CMYK Crash Course > > > > > >CMYK is an abbreviation for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (K). They are > >the four colors that are used in printing. Typically, when you use a > >graphics program, you are creating the artwork in RGB color > (Red, Green and > >Blue), the colors used by computer monitors. > > > > > CMYK, like RGB, uses basic colours to create a spectrum. As I'm sure you > know, this is done by printing lots of little dots of the various colours. > This means that a colour (other than cyan, magenta, yellow or black!) > reproduced in CMYK will never be as intense as an actual ink in > that colour. > In print, you would only use CMYK (also called process colour) if > you had a > full-colour image. If your design only has two or three colours > (or even if > it only has four) you'll get better quality using specific inks > rather than > process colours (CMYK). > > It's also important to appreciate that CMYK and RGB do NOT cover the same > area. By this I mean that not all colours which can be displayed > in RGB can > be reproduced in CMYK. (Strong blues, clear pinks and reds in > particular may > surprise you.). > > Your monitor is RGB, even if it's displaying a CMYK document. > Your graphics > software will be calculating an RGB display from the CYMK values in the > document. The accuracy of the display depends greatly on the software, how > your monitor is set up and so on. > > If you're not used to working for print, you'll have to print out colour > proofs regularly as you go on to see how the colours are looking. But even > your desktop printer (unless you spent a LOT of money on it!) won't > necessarily be handling the colours accurately, so when you go to the > printer, make sure you get a colour proof done. Even if it's just a teeny > weeny job, if you're not used to working in CMYK, it's worth the > extra cash. > > > HTH > > Liz > > > > --------------------------------------- > For unsubscribe and other options, including > the Tip Harvester and archive of TheList go to: > http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !