Should I design my wide format prints in CMYK or RGB?
Although the printer prints in CMYK and excellent results can be achieved using CMYK, most people designing in CMYK don't have their color properties set up to get outstanding results. If you set up your color properties in your design application to use the Output ICC profile of the printer/media you will be printing to, no color conversion has to take place at the RIP level and the file should take full advantage of the printer/media's color gamut.
Many people use the standard default, SWOP CMYK and are not utilizing the much larger color gamut of the printer/media they will actually be outputting to. By designing in the even larger RGB color gamut, you can push your files to the absolute limits of the printer/media's color ability and let the RIP handle the color conversion by selecting the correct Output ICC profile. Either way will yield great results… using RGB in wide format printing is not only easier, but seems to have become the standard.
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