CMYK is an acronym for the different colours that make up this colour model. They are Cyan (sky blue), Magenta (hot pink), Yellow and the Key colour which is Black. C-M-Y-K!
A standard full-colour photo is broken down (also called separated or separations) into CMYK. This is the standard for offset printing.
Four different printing plates are prepared, each with a different separation on it – one for each part of the colour model.
When combined, these reproduce the original photo as it looks in full colour.
RGB is an acronym for its parts which are Red-Green-Blue when broken down.
Your television, your computer screen, and other visual display equipment all represent colour using the RGB model.
RGB appears more vibrant than CMYK which can be a little dull and flat in comparison. This is due to the range of colours (also called the gamut) that it can represent.
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