CMYK vs. RGB
There has already been an article about colors on our blog. Do you remember it? If not, be sure to read on! LINK
This topic, like the topic of other design elements, is extremely fascinating andextensive!
That is why today we are discussingcolors again. And not just any colors, but those that make up the CMYK and RGB palettes. What are they? How do they differ? We will explain that in no time!>
The CMYK palette includes:
cyan – that is ashade of blue. It is greyish-blue or greenish-blue, very similar to azure, yet different;
magenta – a combination of red and blue. It is like intense fuchsia, crimson (that is red with a touch of blue) and amaranth (a color between red and purple);
yellow – or a color quite similar to yellow. However, compared to what we understand as yellow, it appears less intense. It can be described as slightly paler than the traditional saturated yellow. It is obtained by combining red and green;
kay – it’s like black. However, it is not deep dark blackness. It is best described by the oxymoron “light black”.
The abbreviation CMYK was created from the letters taken from the above-mentioned English color names: C for cyan, M for magenta, Y for yellow, and K for key (or blacK).
The colors that make up the CMYK palette can be combined with each other. This results in further colors. The colors are combined with each other in proportions ranging from 0% to 100%. This technique makes it possible to create shades of varying saturation. Interestingly, the colors are not combined by mixing them together, as we did, for example, with paints in kindergarten. CMYK colors are combined by overlapping each other. It looks a bit like taking a sheet of, for example, blue film, which lets light through, and putting a sheet of yellow film on top of it. Both colors will blend into green!
In this case we are dealing with a 3-color space model. It consists of: