What’s the difference between CMYK and RGB color?

What's the difference between RBG and CMYK?

If you are a designer, it is really important to know the difference between the color mode RGB and CMYK.

It is why I decided to create a post to resume the dissimilarity between the two of them.


  • It meets Red, Green, and blue
  • We use this profile for digital screens
  • Colors cannot be printed because they are created by an additive synthesis
  • RGB has the particularity to offer more vivid and vibrant color
  • This color profile offers a greater choice of color than the CMYK mode


  • It meets cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black). The inks
  • CMYK is the profile used for printing process
  • It is a subtractive color space

How to change the color mode to CMYK in :


Image > mode

File > Document Color Mode > CMYK Color

Edit > Transparency blend space

What's the difference between cmyk and rgb color space?

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