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As we begin our exploration of color inside of Illustrator, it's very important that you understand the two basic color modes that you have available to you. In this movie I'll be exploring both RGB and CMYK color, so you can get the better understanding of what they are and how they are used. Let's first start off with CMYK. CMYK is a color mode which stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black; as represented by these colors at the bottom of the screen. If I jump over to the second artboard in this document, you'll see that CMYK is primarily used for print publications.
Most of the things that you see that have gone out of commercial print, have been printed with CMYK colors. The CMYK color palette consists of these four colors which are overlaid over the top of one another, to display all of the colors in the spectrum that you have. Whereas RGB, and if I jump back to the original artboard, you'll see, is comprised of three colors Red, Green and Blue. These are the colors that are represented on things like TV screens, computer monitors, and anything like a tablet or wireless device.
If I jump over to the third artboard, you'll see that RGB is primarily used for web or screen graphics. So any time you're creating graphics that are not going out for print, you want make sure that you're working in the RGB color space. So again, the basic difference is, they're different colors; cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, red, green and blue. But the big difference is, CMYK is used for print, RGB is used for web or screen.
Now that you've the seen the difference between the two, hopefully you can get your next project started off in the right color mode for the right type of project.
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