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Confused! Which Profile To Use?

Apr 22, 2013 9:10 AM

Tags: #illustrator #profile



I am an Illustrator beginner but am slowly getting to grips with it all! However I could really do with some advice on something. Basically I am designing invitations to sell online and I am based in the UK, however the majority of my customers will be from the US. What I want to know is which profile should I design my invitations in, Europe General Purpose 2 or North America General Purpose 2?


Will whichever profile I choose affect the colour output, for example if someone in the US prints out my document and I also print out my document here, will there be much of a difference in the colours?


I will be sending my customers PDF's & JPEG's which they can either print at home or at a professional printers.


Also, if someone from the UK does actually buy one of my invitations will the profile I have set affect them differently?


I just want to make sure that all my customers can print out their invitation and have it look similar to what is on the screen. (I am designing in CYMK and then converting to RGB to demonstrate the invitations online).


I have looked everywhere online for some kind of help with this, but can't seem to find anything, fngers crossed I have explained this well enough and someone here might be able to give me some advice!


Many thanks


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    Apr 22, 2013 11:19 AM   in reply to Sara-Clark2013

    Doesn't matter at all for home printing and in fact you then will probably want to sell RGB versions because most home printers simply assume this and 90% of all people out there never calibrate their systems in any way, least of all their printer. For commercial printing this should not matter much, either, as any decent print shop should recognize embedded color profiles and handle any conversions to their final, device/ machine specific profiles properly.



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