Why don’t my monitor colors match the printed colors?


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The One Color Trick

Since neutrals won’t clash, you can match them to any color you wish.

So instead of trying to match colors together, you simply wear a max of one color in your outfit, and keep the rest neutral.

This little splash of color will be enough to add a little pop to your outfit, and you’ll be completely safe from clashes. On little pop is enough to make your outfit stand out.

These are some examples of good outfits using the one color trick:

  • Red tie, white shirt, navy blazer, camel cardigan, khaki pants
  • Green shirt, grey sweater, navy jeans
  • White shirt, orange sweater, grey pants
  • Grey suit, white shirt, turquoise tie

Get the idea?

Here are some examples:

Examples of real life one-color tricked outfits:

How RGB and CMYK Differ

A computer monitor is composed of pixels and each pixel displays over 16 million colors. The actual number is 16,77,7216 which is 2 to the 24th power. These colors are in the RGB gamut which is composed of all the colors in light.

A printer only reproduces a few thousand colors due to the principle of absorption and reflection. The pigments and dyes absorb the light colors that aren't used and reflect the CMYK combination that closely approximates the actual color. In all cases, the printed result is a bit darker than the screen image.

The bottom line is the number of colors available in a particular color space. Color printers such as inkjet printers have cyan, magenta, yellow, and black cartridges. These are the traditional printing inks and the color is made by combining these four colors. With ink, the number of colors that can be produced fall, roughly, into a maximum of a couple of thousand distinct colors.


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