2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 4, 2012 9:21 AM by gator soup

    Which colour profile to use for hi-res print pdf and low-res web pdf in InDesign

    AfricanHummingbird Level 1

      Hi all,

       

      I am creating a document in Indesign with many images and lots of colour and I want to create a low resolution pdf for the web which keeps as much of the colour as possible.

       

      At the moment all the images are RGB. Should I change them to CMYK in Photoshop or do that when I pdf the document?

       

      I will also be creating a high resolution pdf for print, however I do not know where it will be printed therefore I don't have any colour profile information from the printer, so I just need a good general profile to use.

       

      Can anyone assist with information, it would be greatly appreciated.

       

      Many thanks

       

      Juliette

        • 1. Re: Which colour profile to use for hi-res print pdf and low-res web pdf in InDesign
          five79design Level 1

          Hi Juliette,

           

          You have a two part question there so I will answer them one at a time.

           

          Web

          You will want to use a RGB profile for any web graphics as that is the standard and it supports a larger color spectrum and all monitors use a RGB profile not CMYK

           

          Print

          A good general color profile for hi resolution printing is one of the following two

           

          Working CMYK US Coated

          or

           

          Working RGB

           

          these profiles will be sufficient

           

          I use - FOGRA27 and FORGA39 - for my grand format prints but this is because I am very familiar with the equipment the printer is using

           

          For print I would suggest converting any RGB profiles over to CMYK so you arent shocked as to color shift and brightness of the final print.

          • 2. Re: Which colour profile to use for hi-res print pdf and low-res web pdf in InDesign
            gator soup Level 4

            for viewing on the web (and on the monitor) -- i would CONVERT the .pdf only to the sRGB ICC Profile and be sure to embed the profile

             

            for printing -- you don't say if it's a CMYK printing press, an ink-jet printer, or if it is going through RIP -- so it would be rather meaningless for me to speculate a profile (use an RGB source profile for most inkjets; a CMYK source profile for offset press; a RIP on an inkjet can print either CMYK or RGB... know your workflow)

             

            i generally keep the original source profile until i make the one Conversion to final destination profile for packaging

             

            read up on Photoshop "Soft Proofing" gamut issues for out of gamut color...