colour on a duvet
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 3:11:26 PM
I'm designing a duvet suitable for children. I uploaded a design I made and it's in AI format. I think I have the colour format in CMYK. Now when I place it on to the duvet the colour looks dull. Is there a reason for this? Should I worry that it will print dull? Or do I have to adjust colours?
Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2020 2:33:48 AM
On POD sites and in digital printing I would use the RGB color scheme, if not requested otherwise. That way you provide the whole, vivid RGB color gamut and let the inbuilt, printer-specific color profile do the conversion job, what usually gives better results if well-calibrated (what it should be), especially if the print technique used works with more than 4 colors. If you convert an image to CMYK using a standard profile, you will lose color vibrancy and risk that your conversion isn't optimal on a specific printer. You have to expect some color shifting, tho, but this will also happen with cmyk.

In the specific case of duvets, I have no first-person experience, but considering the print on fabric and probable DTG technique used, I suppose, the result will be a bit lighter than your design. Like on shirts. Blankets, on the other hand, deliver vivid prints, here I would go RGB in any case, if you like to get vivid colors.

Working with CMYK can be pretty tricky and you need some experience to get decent results, e.g. for a deep black or a nice blue or a "real" red. Stick to RGB whenever possible.

The duvet preview also shows the design a tad lighter than the original.

Do you have an example of your design, so I can get an idea? (You can design a test product and publish it as direct-only and share the link here).
Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 2:10:28 PM
Thank you very much for your reply and info. Very much appreciated. Sorry it took me a bit to get back to you.

I think what I will do is just re-save and upload an RGB of the design. I don't have a whole lot of time lately so yeah I'll try and do that. 🙂
Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 1:31:34 AM
You're welcome. I would always work with RGB colors and only convert them to CMYK - or create a second color variation - when you really need to. I use to work that way even on business logos. First RGB for web and digital printing and then a matching CMYK variant for offset printing.
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