CMYK, RGB, SPOT color vectorization

Vectorization using RGB, CMYK, or SPOT colors

RGB colors are created by mixing different light colors and it has a very wide color range. Some of these colors can be very brilliant.

CMYK colors are created by mixing limited-color dyes, inks, paint pigments and natural colorants and are more opaque or dull compared to the brilliant RGB colors.

If your original image is set in RGB color mode and the new vector graphic is created using the CMYK color mode, the colors will most likely look different.

RGB vs CMYK difference when printed

Most companies that require vector art also require that you provide the vector graphic in CMYK color mode because this is the color range they can print. Unless otherwise specified we create vector graphics in CMYK color mode. We can also use Pantone SPOT colors when requested. The CMYK or SPOT color proofs we supply to you may not be as brilliant as your original RGB but they may better represent ink colors and how your graphic will look once printed. Even if proofs are given in CMYK or SPOT colors, colors on a computer screen, reflected by light, may still look different from ink colors.

When requested, we can use brilliant RGB colors to match your original but these colors will only look brilliant on electronic devices' screens, and most likely will look different once your graphic is printed.

Pantone Swatch Spot ColorsSpot Color: Exact Color Matching

If you would like to consistently print the same exact color each time, we recommend you choose a local printer that offers Spot Color printing and select color(s) from pre-printed Pantone Spot Color Swatches usually available at the printing shop; Do not rely on an online chart, since the color you see on your screen is reflected by light, it may not look the same as the printed ink. Many online printers do not offer Spot color printing but some offer a mailed, physical printed color proof for an additional fee. Spot colors used with gradients and transparency may produce unexpected results.

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