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Design in 60 Seconds: RGB & CMYK Explained
This time around we're looking at the RGB and CMYK Color Modes. If these have ever seemed confusing to you, we've got a quick 60-second video to help out. Then you can move ahead with confidence knowing when to use RGB images like the colorful Lab Stock Photo from PhotoDune, or a print template in CMYK.
How to Use RGB & CMYK Color Modes
The standard Color Mode for Photoshop is RGB for Red, Green, and Blue.
The RGB model creates color by lighting up pixels on a screen, using 256 levels of each primary color to create millions of colors on a digital display.
The CMYK Color Mode, used primarily for printing, uses Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow, and then adds in Black.
This mode also produces fewer colors than the RGB Mode, leading to the occasional color shift when converting from RGB to CMYK.
Want to see this idea in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!
A Bit More Detail
Want to learn more about Adobe Photoshop's vast tools and settings? Check out these tutorials below:
- Adobe PhotoshopThe A to Z of Adobe PhotoshopMary Winkler
- Design TheoryDesign in 60 Seconds: How to Use LAB Color ModeKirk Nelson
- Adobe PhotoshopNew Course: Working With Color in Adobe PhotoshopAndrew Blackman
- Adobe PhotoshopQuiz: Do You Understand Color?Neil Pearce
This is part of a new series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+. We’re aiming to introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you’d like to see explained in 60 seconds!