RGB vs. CMYK
RGB vs. CMYK is the main difference between printing on white and paper that has been specially coated to produce vibrant colors. RGB stands for red, green, blue. The colors red, green, and blue combine to make all the colors of the visible spectrum (the full range of light that humans can see).
CMYK stands for cyan, magenta, yellow and key (black). When these four colors are mixed together, they make colors that the human eye can’t see – or can’t see very well. This is why the four-color process of photography was developed. Cyan, magenta, and yellow create colors that are not seen when photographed, so there is no need to worry about color shifting when you print your photos on paper that has been coated to produce vibrant colors. Key, or black, adds contrast.
The RGB vs. CMYK issue can be complicated. We will try to explain why RGB vs. CMYK matters, and why you should print your photos on white paper and not on paper that has been coated to produce vibrant colors.
First, let’s look at why you would want to print your photos on white paper.
If you shoot photos on a white surface, such as a sheet of glass or a piece of white paper, the color of the print will be neutral and look the same as the color of the original. For example, a picture of the Mona Lisa printed on white paper will look just like the original. If you shoot on paper that has been coated to produce vibrant colors, such as photo paper, you will be able to see the colors in your photos as you print them. However, because the colors are so bright, the print will look washed out.
Second, let’s consider the advantages of printing on paper that has been coated to produce vibrant colors.
You will be able to choose from a wide variety of papers that can be printed on. Some are highly colorful, others more neutral. When printing your photos on white paper, you will only be able to use one type of paper.
Third, let’s consider the disadvantages of printing on paper that has been coated to produce vibrant colors.
Choosing paper that has been coated to produce vibrant colors is a compromise. You may be able to print your photos on white paper, but not on any other type of paper. You may want to experiment to find the paper that looks most like the original. It may also take longer to print the photo, as the printer will need to heat the paper for a longer period.
The bottom line is that when printing your photos, you need to balance the benefits of printing on white paper against the disadvantages of printing on paper that has been coated to produce vibrant colors.