Why the Color on My Monitor or Home Printer May Differ from the Printed Book that I Received

Comparing to a home printer

When using a home printer, there are a lot of variables that can affect the quality: calibration, paper type (weight, brightness, sheen/finish), ink quality & levels, settings, etc.

The printers LSI uses are regularly calibrated for a consistent output (with reasonable variance) and are designed for high-speed output. Because these types of machines are so different from home printers, the output from a home printer can't truly be compared to our equipment.

For best results, we recommend choosing colors based on the CMYK values.


Comparing to a monitor

RGB on a monitor is very different than CMYK on a press. RGB color space is capable of producing many more colors than CMYK. This is why we recommend working in CMYK, and choosing your colors carefully: referring to the values that make up the color, and not just its appearance on the screen. This will help you to ensure you're choosing a value that will print much closer to your intended selection.

RGB is how computer monitors interpret color. The name stands for Red, Green, Blue: these are the three colors of light that are added together to produce a vast range of colors seen on the monitor. Many colors viewable in RGB cannot be achieved by printing in CMYK. This is why it's important to carefully choose colors that will print well in CMYK.

CMYK is how most printers print color. The name stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black: these are the four color pigments that are added together to produce the rang of colors available in this type of printing.

For best results, we recommend choosing colors based on the CMYK values.

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