What are RGB, CMYK & PMS colours?

What are CMYK colours?

CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key. This is the colour model for full colour printed material with which you can create (nearly) every colour. The higher the percentage of a certain colour, the darker the result.

CMYK is the colour system used for full colour print work. We ask you to deliver your files in CMYK colours.

What are RGB colours?

RGB colours are red, green and blue. With this colour combination, you can create very bright colours, because the starting point is light (white). Take for example a television screen. A screen that's turned off, has a black screen (no colour). Light is added to create colours. RGB colours are not the same as print colours. If your file is made up of RGB colours, you need to convert it to CMYK colours first. 

NOTE: Your computer screen is made up of RGB colours, so it will look different when printed, compared to what you see on your screen. 

What are PMS (Pantone) colours?

The Pantone company has defined more than 1,100 colours that each have their own unique number. These numbers guarantee that all colours anywhere in the world are exactly the same, making Pantone colours particularly well-suited for corporate logos and house styles. Pantone colours are difficult to copy with CMYK. Pantone colours are derived from 15 basic pigments, including black and white. All Pantone colours are formed by mixing a certain amount of one pigment with a certain amount of another. 


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