Hey everyone. I desparately need some help here. I designed a file in Illustator CS2 and my file had images within it. I took it to a professional printer and he said my images needed to be converted from RGB to CMYK to print properly. The printer had CS4 and he said to change the colours you click on Edit -> then Colours, which in turn allowed him to change the pictures format from RGB to CMYK. I only have CS2 and when he told me to select Edit and then Colours, well CS2 does not have that. It's something completely different.
If someone out there knows how to change the picture files from RGB to CMYK "within" Illustrator CS2 could you please tell me how as Adobe's phone support only deals with the most current version.
Any help you can provide me with, would be greatly appreciated!
Hi everyone, the printer not knowing has nothing to do with this, he only knows what he sees on CS4, not older versions. This is for my benefit as I have just purchased a colour laser printer and wanted to be able to print something proper like the professional printer.
Essentially what I did was take a higher quality image from the internet and copy and pasted the image from it's own illustrator file into my postcard document. Not realizing that my picture files were RGB and the rest of my document is CMYK. Now I know that everything has to be CMYK to print properly I was asking people on here if they knew how to do this with CS2
>This is for my benefit as I have just purchased a colour laser printer and wanted to be able to print something proper like the professional printer.
Unless you have a PostScript RIP for your laser printer (a separate driver provided either by your printer manufacturer or a third party) you cannot proof CMYK documents directly. Lacking a PostScript RIP, you can still get a pretty good idea if you have Acrobat. Print to PDF using settings that convert to, say, sRGB... then, print that PDF document on your laser printer (using its native non-PostScript driver).
For your older documents, if your placed RGB images are embedded (rather than linked), you can try Philip's suggestion. It shouldn't matter, though. Illustrator should do the necessary space conversions at print-time.
If the images are linked, I would suggest you convert them to CMYK in Photoshop. I'm sorry, but I do not know of a way to do the same thing within Illustrator (v12 aka CS2).
Ok let's try this again... I took an image from the internet and saved it to my computer. I open the file in Illustrator and it clearly states that everything is RGB. If I go filter -> colours, CMYK is grayed out. How do i fix this Harron. You keep mentioning "linking" and "embedding" but I'm not sure what you mean I thought you could only do that in Quark or Indesign programs?
>But if you embed the picture you click edit, colours, convert to CMYK and then everything in your document should be in CMYK?
I honestly don't know. I've never used this feature. I hope someone else can answer your question.
Because RGB and CMYK space gamuts are so different, one typically makes last-step adjustments -- e.g., saturation, hue modifications, etc. -- in Photoshop after converting to CMYK and
before placing in Illustrator or a DTP app.