August 3, 2006
It is so frustrating trying to make color work for a print job… ESPECIALLY those cantankerous blues.
One of the aggravations of doing color art is that there is no way to reproduce the brilliant colors that are on your original piece of artwork. You lose a little color, (or a lot of color) with each step you take towards a published piece.
You lose a little in the scanning process, (your scanner can only see a limited amount of color).
When you display in rgb mode on the internet, monitors can only recognize a limited amount of color, PLUS everyone has a different monitor, each with it’s own weird color setting, so there is really no telling what kind of color people are actually seeing in your picture.
And if, heaven forbid, you are doing a job to be printed on a press, your art must be in the dreaded cmyk mode because a printing press can only reproduce a very narrow field of color. CMYK seems to always totally destroy the blues in my work.
Recently I did this test to see which blue would work the best when transferred into cmyk mode. My conclusion… I probably need to stay away from blue and use more grays and browns if I want my original artwork to look just like the printed piece.