File Formats

Color Space

All art files are labelled with their color space. Read on to determine which best suits your needs.

RGB

The RGB color space is used for computer displays, video, web and consumer-grade printers, and will be your format of choice if you are developing a layout in an office suite such as MS Office.

The RGB color range is defined by the combination of varying intensities of red, green and blue light to approximate colors.

CMYK

The CMYK color space is used for professional digital printing and offset lithography as well as high-end office document publishing equipment, and will be your format of choice if you are developing a layout in professional design software such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator or QuarkXPress.

The CMYK color range is defined by the combination of varying densities of cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks to approximate colors.

Spot

Spot colors refer to special inks mixed to exactly match a specific color, specified via numbered color libraries such as the Pantone Matching System (PMS).

Spot color inks are used in offset lithography and can be specified via professional design software such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator or QuarkXPress.

Render Style

All art files are labelled with their render style. Read on to determine which best suits your needs.

Raster

Raster formats are rendered in fixed pixel dimensions. As raster art is enlarged, it will appear ‘blocky’ as the individual pixels become stretched.

Office suite software such as MS Office and video editing software are most compatible with raster formats.

Raster art is provided at a large enough size for typical uses. If you are making a poster, you may want to consider using professional design software and vector art.

Vector

Vector formats are rendered in infinitely-scalable shapes and lines, always appearing crisp.

Professional design software such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and QuarkXPress are most compatible with vector formats. Vector formats can be unpredictable or incompatible with office suite software such as MS Office.