The World of Colors: CMYK vs. RGB

Does your print company use weird abbreviations that you don’t understand, like CMYK and RGB? 🎨 🌈

What do these abbreviations stand for?

CMYK: Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black
RGB: Red-Green-Blue

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What is the difference between CMYK and RGB?

CMYK and RGB colors render differently depending on which medium they are used for, whether it be on the web or in print. Let’s go further into detail on this question.

CMYK Color Mode

In short, if you’re going to be printing something, such as a business card, stationary, or a newsletter, use CMYK.

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CMYK is a four-color mode that utilizes the colors cyan, magenta, yellow and black in various amounts to create all of the necessary colors when printing images. It is a subtractive process, which means that each additional unique color means more light is removed, or absorbed, to create colors. When the first three colors are added together, the result is not pure black, but rather a very dark brown. The K color, or black, is used to completely remove light from the printed picture, which is why the eye perceives the color as black.

RGB Color Mode

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RGB is the color scheme that is associated with electronic displays, such as CRT, LCD monitors, digital cameras and scanners. It is an additive type of color mode that combines the primary colors, red, green and blue, in various degrees to create a variety of different colors. When all three of the colors are combined and displayed to their full extent, the result is a pure white. When all three colors are combined to the lowest degree, or value, the result is black. Software such as photo editing programs use the RGB color mode because it offers the widest range of colors.

So, this is the world of colors.

Dante: The Devine Comedy

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The artwork “Dante” is named after an author of a famous work of literature – The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.  Why?   There is no hidden meaning behind, just the resemblance.  Look close on the picture of the artwork bellow to find out yourself.

On the surface, the poem describes Dante’s travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise or Heaven; but at a deeper level, it represents, the soul’s journey towards God.

Dante by Ron Labryzz
Dante – technique: abstract acrylic painting on canvas – size 40 x 60 x 2cm

The Divine Comedy is composed of 14,233 lines that are divided into three canticas (Italian plural cantiche) – Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Paradise) – each consisting of 33 cantos (Italian plural canti). An initial canto, serving as an intro-duction to the poem and generally considered to be part of the first cantica, brings the total number of cantos to 100. It is generally accepted, however, that the first two cantos serve as a unitary prologue to the entire epic, and that the opening two cantos of each cantica serve as prologues to each of the three canticas.

Here are some inspiring book quotes:

  • “The more a thing is perfect, the more it feels pleasure and pain.”
  • “The devil is not as black as he is painted.”
  • “Consider your origin. You were not formed to live like brutes but to follow virtue and knowledge.”
  • “The man who lies asleep will never waken fame, and his desire and all his life drift past him like a dream, and the traces of his memory fade from time like smoke in air, or ripples on a stream.”