Have you ever wondered why magazine publishers and other printed material producers ask you to submit your images in CMYK color space instead of sRGB or Adobe RGB? If you haven’t thought much about the “why” before now, you might be interested in the tidbit of info in this video.
If you’re like me, you rarely think about changing your color space mode to anything other than sRGB. I don’t often have a reason to switch. After all, sRGB is what my print lab requires, and it’s what my monitor is calibrated for. But now and again, I am lucky enough to be asked to submit for magazine publication or I run into some special printing situation where the lab requires CMYK.
All talk of color space changes used to terrify me. I have spent hours studying different conversion techniques, the ups and downs of each choice, and in-depth material on which space is best and why. You can study for days about the differences in color spaces and the benefits of each, and if you are up for that, I recommend that you check out Jeff Rojas’s article here, Alex Ventura’s article here, and Zach Sutton’s article here.
On the other hand, if you want to check out a simple, concise, and rather eye-opening explanation on the difference between RGB and CMYK and why printed publications require one rather than the other, check out this quick video by the always-entertaining Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect. In it, you will learn the way numeric color values work together and where whites and blacks play into all of this. There are no bells and whistles here — just some straightforward information that you didn’t even know you wanted to know. Enjoy!