Understand the different color modes of RGB, CMYK, HSL, and how they affect the size and color detail of your images.
Different color modes: 1: RGB mode (millions of colors) 2: CMYK mode (four-printed colors) 3: Index mode (256 colors) 4: Grayscale mode (256 grays) 5: Bitmap mode (2 colors)

Color mode

The color mode or image mode determines how colors combine based on the number of channels in a color model. Different color modes result in different levels of color detail and file size. For instance, use CMYK color mode for images in a full-color print brochure, and use RGB color mode for images in web or e-mail to reduce file size while maintaining color integrity.


Contributor: Erica Larson

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