Tutorial: RGB to CMYK for Printing

In this tutorial,  I will be showing you how to a do a business card step by step.

Step 1: Press new


Step 2: Now you want to make a template for your card. If you want to a horizontal business card the width will be 3.5 and the height 2 inches or you want a verticle business card 2 is the width and the height is 3.5.



Step 3: Make sure the mode is checked CMYK because you are printing. Click Image then go to mode then you see all the ‘Mode’ but you will need to make sure CMYK Color is on. F


Step 4: After You press the CMYK Mode you will get a message if you want to merge Press “Don’t Merge”


Get more information how to convert RGB to CMYK Click Here.

RGB stands for Red, Green, and Blue. The RGB color mode uses these base colors to form just about every other color you can imagine.  Red, green and blue made up every other color by either adding or combining these color. For example, if you wanted to create a yellow color, you would combine green and red. If you wanted to create a light blue color, you would add green and blue. It is a little more complicated than this and modern-day printers know exactly how to combine these colors in varying amounts to ensure that you end up with the exact color you want. This is the same for computer monitors too.

The reason that RGB is the standard color mode throughout most applications is that it offers the widest selection of colors. By combining the primary colors (red, green and blue) in varying amounts, you can achieve any color you like with great accuracy. Most photo-editing programs use RGB as standard (including Photoshop) which is why you need to be extra careful when designing for print.

CMYK works in an entirely different way to RGB as instead of using ‘additive’ types of color, it actually uses subtractive colors (i.e. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key). Key is simply another name for black.

The main difference is this; when you combine all the colors of the RGB color mode (red, green and blue) in varying amounts, you end up with the color white.  With the CMYK color mode, all of the colors are subtractive and therefore, the more colors you add together, the darker the colors are going to be. For example, if you add magenta and yellow together,  you end up with a bright red color. If you were to subtract yellow and cyan, you would end up with the color green.

This though, works in an entirely different way to RGB as the color combinations are opposite. Also, to add, CMYK works with four colors rather than three.

The reason the CMYK process works is that as you add colors together, light is absorbed or removed to create various colors. For example, if you add cyan, magenta and yellow together, you end up with a dark brown colour. It’s only when you add black, that the full amount of color is completely removed from the image.

Many clients will create their designs (intended for print) in an application such as Photoshop which by default, uses the RGB color mode. This is because Photoshop is mainly used for website design, image editing and various other forms of media that usually end up on a computer screen. Therefore, CMYK isn’t used (at least not as default).

The problem here is that when an RGB design is printed using a CMYK printing process, the colors appear differently, if not properly converted. This means that although a design might look absolutely perfect when the client views it in Photoshop on their computer monitor, there will often obvious differences in color between the on-screen version and the printed version.  If you’re designing for digital mediums, you will always want to use the RGB colour mode. If you are designing for print, however, there are times when you will want to use the CMYK color mode.

Most of the time though, you should simply work in RGB and convert your project to CMYK near the end of the design just before you send it off to the printing company. By doing this, you’ll be able to create your design with the full RGB spectrum which will give you a lot more freedom colour-wise.

I learn that following a template will make it simple to make business cards. But one also need to take close notice that the fonts stay consistent. This means that you follow the same style, size, and the alignment. The right colors are also important for contrast. To get more information Click Here.


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