For some reason I can no longer save .pdf files from Illustrator and Indesign in CMYK color modes. That is, the file will save, but it always ends up as an RGB file. I've reset my Illustrator preferences on startup and I have deleted the ai prefs file as well. I've also done the same for Bridge, InDesign and Photoshop.
Does anyone know why this would happen and what I can do so I can create CMYK PDF files again? This is driving me crazy and I need to send art (created in InDesign) to the printer in CMYK colorspace.
I am working on a Mac. My operating system is OSX version 10.6.8. Thanks!
You are not using the Smallest File Size setting are you? These will always be RGB. If you are using High Quality or Press Quality and PDFX-1a as a standard, then you can get only CMYK files.
Hi Larry- Yes, I've tried Press Quality and PDFX-1a as well. I also just tried saving a photoshop file which I setup as CMYK, then saved it as a .pdf file and when I open it in Acrobat shows that it is also a working RGB file. When I open up that same .pdf file in Photoshop it shows the color mode as cmyk/8#.
Sorry Larry! I'll try to be more clear.
Basically, when I create a new CMYK document in Illustrator I am having issues saving it as a cmyk pdf file even though I am using the using the Press Quality and PDFX-1a presets. Normally, those settings would create a CMYK pdf file but when I view the color modes in Acrobat and Photoshop those programs are telling me they are in RGB formats.
I have been viewing the color mode in Acrobat Pro by going to print>Advanced. Under the Color Management section on the right the color Profile reads Working RGB: Adobe RGB (1998). See screenshot below.
Hopefully that makes more sense. If you need any other information or clarification, just hollar! Thanks so much for taking the time to help!
You may consider the possibility that something seriously wrong.
You may try the following (you may have tried/done some of them already) and see whether it helps:
1) Close down Illy and open again;
2) Restart the computer;
3) Close down Illy and press Ctrl+Alt+Shift/Cmd+Option+Shift during startup (not reversible);
4) Move the folder with Illy closed (reversible);
5) Look through and try out the relevant among the Other options; (unlikely)
Even more seriously, you may:
6) Uninstall, run the Cleaner Tool if you have CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6, and reinstall.
I have been viewing the color mode in Acrobat Pro by going to print>Advanced. Under the Color Management section on the right the color Profile reads Working RGB: Adobe RGB (1998)....
This is not how you check the color space of your pdf. Instead from the main menu choose Advanced > Print Production > Output Preview. Also if you have included all color profiles you can check them by choosing from the main menu Advanced > Print Production > Convert Colors and in then click the plus sign under Document Colors on the right side.
When you choose Print in Acrobat it will convert to the appropriate color space of the selected printer. In you case as shown in your screen shot the printer is Photosmart C6100. If this printer is a composite RGB printer, then Acrobat is doing the right thing by choosing an appropriate color space.