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Adjustment layers not working in CMYK MODE?

Jan 2, 2012 6:29 AM

Tags: #cmyk #not #not_working #modes #adjustment_layers #non_selectable

Hi Guys



I have a photoshop issue and was wondering if you could shed any light on the matter?



When ever i set my document to CMYK mode, some of my adjustment layers become 'un-selectable'  such as the Black & White, vibrance and the exposure adjustment layers?   



They work fine in RGB mode but was curious if this was common place?


Any information woould be greatful

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    Jan 2, 2012 7:09 AM   in reply to Apple Custard Studios

    Indeed not all adjustments are available in modes other than RGB.


    Have you read »Correcting colors in CMYK and RGB« in the Help yet?

    Working in CMYK should be a very deliberate decision – why do you want to work on CMYK images?

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    Jan 2, 2012 7:10 AM   in reply to Apple Custard Studios

    Another thing:

    »The separate Photoshop Windows and Macintosh forums will become Read Only on Tuesday, January 3rd.«

    So don’t be surprised if this thread should lock up on you tomorrow.

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    Jan 2, 2012 7:28 AM   in reply to Apple Custard Studios

    but surely the black and white one does? or am i wrong there?

    It would seem you are.

    You can still use Hue/Saturation as a work-around.


    how do i go about finding that particular thread? 

    That’s no thread but a headline in the Help; personally I prefer to download the pdf:


    I am working in cmyk as the poster i am producing is for print, so the document is put into that mode for that purpose.

    If you are using/combining photographic images this approach may not be ideal and incurs the risk of overshooting the TAC.

    On the other hand if you have lots of text, fine lines or other elements that are supposed to, for example, print in pure black working in CMYK would be called for.

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