RGB not CMYK
Different printing styles use different colour systems. If you’re printing on a flatbed printer, your files will be printed using the CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) system whereas a fine art print is printed using RGB (Red, Blue, Green). CMYK is for business solutions, décor or signage and sRGB for giclée fine art printing.
When comparing a fine art versus a flatbed print, you will see a definite difference in the colour gradients as the CMYK printing process uses only four ink colours whereas RGB uses 12 colours; giving you more refined colour quality, which is why we recommend saving your files in RGB.
1. Edit your image
Now it’s time for editing (don’t overdo it!). Prepare your image file for print using Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom or Illustrator.
2. Create a print-ready file
A print-ready file is a term used to describe a file that has been prepared in a certain manner to ensure high-resolution print output.
Save your file as:
- an uncompressed TIFF
- at 300 dpi
- select the desired print size, e.g. A1 = 841 x 594 mm
- select sRGB or Adobe RGB (it doesn’t matter which)