• CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black which are the four colours that are used in full colour, offset printing. If you look closely enough you will see that all printed material is made up of tiny dots of these four colours.

  • RGB stands for Red, Green and Blue. These are the colours that make up the images of computer monitors and television screens. RGB images often appear to be be more vibrant than CMYK images, however, they cannot be printed.

  • Bleed is when you extend an image or background colour over the crop marks of a document so that when it's trimmed after being printed, the colour or image goes right to the edge. If you don't include bleed and the printer crops 1 mm out then you will end up with a white border along the edges of your document.

  • Registration black is made up of all 4 process colours (CMYK). All trim and fold marks should be in registration black. Professional layout programs like QuarkExpress and Illustrator have Registration Black as a colour in the default colour palette.





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