Print requirements: Send 1 photo
Before sending your photo, please double-check that you meet all the requirements – This is very improtant!
Not sure how to do this?
No stress. If you want to be certain everything’s right, our graphic designers can handle converting your photo to CMYK and applying the correct ICC profile for you. Just ensure the longer edge is 4000 pixels and the DPI is 300, and we’ll take care of the rest.
Select which option you prefer:
Option A is free, you handle everything independently.
If you choose option B, our graphic designers will charge 27€ for the extra work.
In the intricate world of digital photography and print production, mastering concepts like RGB, CMYK, ICC profiles, and soft-proofing is essential. These fundamentals are the building blocks of accurate color reproduction and ensuring your digital creations come to life in print.
RGB, which stands for Red, Green, Blue, is an additive color model used predominantly in digital devices like computer monitors, digital cameras, and television screens. In this model, colors are created by combining different intensities of these three primary colors. When all three are at their maximum intensity, they produce white light.
RGB is the go-to color model for displaying images on screens. It excels at reproducing the vibrant and dynamic colors required for digital viewing, making it ideal for websites, social media, video games, and digital art.
RGB colors can appear inconsistent when viewed on various screens due to differences in monitor calibration. Consequently, using RGB for precise color reproduction in print can lead to unexpected variations in the final product.
CMYK, an acronym for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (Black), is the standard color model in the printing industry. In this subtractive color model, colors are generated by subtracting varying amounts of these four ink colors on paper.
CMYK is the primary choice for color printing in magazines, brochures, posters, packaging, and many other printed materials. It’s tailored to replicate a wide spectrum of colors on paper.
Compared to RGB, CMYK has a more limited color gamut. Some intensely vibrant RGB colors cannot be faithfully reproduced in CMYK, leading to noticeable color shifts in the print output.
ICC profiles are intricate data files that define the color characteristics of devices like monitors, printers, and scanners. These profiles serve as the critical bridge between digital design and print production.
When you work on an image in RGB on your monitor and subsequently convert it to CMYK for printing, ICC profiles come into play. They facilitate the translation and adaptation of colors from one color space to another, ensuring consistent and accurate color representation.
ICC profiles also incorporate rendering intents, which dictate how colors that fall outside the destination color space are transformed. The four standard rendering intents are Perceptual, Saturation, Relative Colorimetric, and Absolute Colorimetric, each suitable for specific scenarios.
Soft-proofing is the practice of simulating how a digital image will appear in print on your computer monitor. This simulation provides a preview of how colors will translate when the image is converted from RGB to CMYK.
Soft-proofing is a crucial step in the prepress process. By using ICC profiles and soft-proofing tools, you can identify and rectify potential color issues before sending your design to the printing press.
RGB, CMYK, ICC profiles, and soft-proofing form the foundation of modern design and printing. A deep understanding of these concepts empowers you to create visually appealing and accurate print materials. By skillfully employing appropriate tools and techniques, you can smoothly connect the digital and print domains.
Disclaimer: It’s important to bear in mind that achieving exact color consistency between print and screen is not attainable. For the most favorable results, you should either have the necessary skills or consider outsourcing this to a qualified expert. Our graphic designers operate as freelancers here, and as part of our agreement, they are committed to doing the work if the selected photographer is too busy (option B).