How to get the best colour match for your printed cake and cupcake toppers

Getting a really good colour match when printing your cake toppers is a little more complicated than it may first seem, and when you are considering which images to use for your cake toppers the following may come in useful.

In the majority of cases we are able to get a really good match, however occasionally it can be affected by one of two issues.

The first reason is that we print with edible ink, not standard ink, and this can very occasionally make a difference in the colour obtained. 

The usual reason however is to do with the format of the image supplied.  Images created for digital use e.g. websites, email, digital ads use the RGB colour system (displayed using red, green, blue and light) whereas images created for printing e.g. magazines, advertising leaflets and cake toppers, use the CMYK colour system (cyan, magenta, yellow and black).

RGB vs CMYK colour systems

Also, as light is not used in the printing process once an image is printed on the cake topper, it unlikely that it will be as bright as when viewed on a digital display (phone screen, laptop or monitor).

RGB vs CMYK difference in appearance

The majority of images that are supplied by our customers are created using the RGB colour system, however if you require an exact colour match we strongly recommend uploading a CMYK image.  Whilst it may look slightly different on your monitor, it should print in the correct colour.

Should you have any concerns, please get in touch and we will try to help.

Magenta, bright pinks and purples, are the most difficult colours to match. If your image contains large areas of the following colours then it will be very difficult to get an exact match

Problems with printing pinks Bright pinks will print more red

 Problems with printing purpleBright purples print more burgundy

You can read more about RGB, CMYK and pantone colours in this great blog by Natsumi Nishizumi.

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