All the scary stuff about printing from computers, explained.

As previously mentioned, I took another class! It was valuable!

I would summarize it as: learn all the scary stuff about graphic design and printing.

I originally wanted to take graphic design, but the class was cancelled due to low enrollment 🙁 bummer. I’m glad I took this class even though I felt a little out of my league! I was definitely forced to put the cart before the horse, it was a good motivator to learn InDesign real fast!

The scary stuff:

Do you know the difference between RGB and CMYK? You may be like, I have heard of those acronyms but I don’t know what the heck they mean. I know right?? But don’t fret, I finally know the difference.

RGB is for WEB ONLY. It gives you extra colors that only look good on screen. If you print them, they will turn into dull CMYK.

CMYK is for printing! They are more accurate. But they are dull. But that’s all you get!

After all the art/computer related classes, I can’t believe no one said it like that before. They were all like, RGB is an additive light color method, while CMYK is a subtractive color method. Like, OK. Helpful. Not. I don’t care about the theory at this point, I just want my printed pieces to turn out okay and for me to not look like an idiot.

Do you know the difference between file types? Another scary thing right?? I sure as heck didn’t!

What is a JPEG? What the heck is PNG? And when did TIFF arrive on the scene???

I used to play file type roulette and just pick whichever acronym I liked best that day. I heard of JPEG, but I also heard that JPEG compressed things. So sometimes I picked PNG because it looked fancy. TIFF took FOREVER so I avoided that one. Now I know what’s up!

Similar to the color acronyms above, I don’t know why no one seemed to be able to explain this in layman’s terms before.

JPEG: for print, does a little compression.

PNG: preserves transparent backgrounds, so this one is for web obviously. You ever get that annoying white background?? That’s because it was a JPEG. JPEG is for print so it don’t matter!

TIFF: Is called a lossless file, which means it doesn’t do any of that crappy compressing! If you want your file to be totes preserved, you can use this high quality but slow as heck TIFF. It’s slow because it has so much info to save!

Was that helpful? I thought so. Hope you find this info as helpful as I did!