9 Replies Latest reply on May 1, 2013 6:44 AM by rob day

    RGB to CMYK


      What is the fastest way to get the most perfect conversion from RGB to CMYK?

      When I simply convert in Ps I get a washed out version..

      any ideas?



        • 1. Re: RGB to CMYK
          Eugene Tyson Ninja

          What you see on screen isn't necesarrily what will be output. Screens emit colour using RGB - so it's simulating what CMYK would look like - in essence you're converting a RGB that's displayed in RGB - to CMYK then the monitor has to convert those colours back to RGB to give you a colour.


          What you really need to know is the closest CMYK values to the RGB.


          For this you would need a colour book like a Pantone book that shows the RGB and CMYK values of a swatch.


          Then you can use the eye dropper and Window>Info in Photoshop to get a reading of what the CMYK colour actually is.

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          • 2. Re: RGB to CMYK
            jerugalhelp Newcomer

            c'mon this shouldnt be so hard

            nobody has an answer for me?

            • 3. Re: RGB to CMYK
              jerugalhelp Newcomer

              Im talking about an image from RGB to CMYK

              not just solid colors..

              so you're telling me that even if I see it looking washed out its not really like that?

              • 4. Re: RGB to CMYK
                Eugene Tyson Ninja

                I'm saying the screen isn't reliable for colour reproduction of CMYK colours. You need to look at the CMYK values and compare them to a printed colour chart to determine what the output will be like.


                How are you converting them? Are you just going to Image>Mode>CMYK?


                Try Edit>Convert to Colour Profile and choose the output desired.


                If you're not sure which one to use then check with your printers.


                It might yield a better conversion.

                • 5. Re: RGB to CMYK
                  jerugalhelp Newcomer

                  oh ok thank you

                  • 6. Re: RGB to CMYK
                    Peter Spier Legend

                    It's a fact of life that the CMYK gamut is smaller than RGB. ANY RGB to CMYK conversion is likely to lose some vibrance someplace unless the colors are all within the gamut of the CMYK space you choose for converting (and they are not all the same -- different inksets on different paper stocks will produce very different results from the same set of numbers. ALL CMYK profiles are device-specific (or describe a class of device) and it is important that you match your conversion to the intended output device.) Your choice of rendering intent will also influence what is lost.  It's also critical, if you are trying to soft-proof an image, that you use a quality monitor and that it is properly calibrated and profiled.

                    • 7. Re: RGB to CMYK
                      rob day Rockstar

                      so you're telling me that even if I see it looking washed out its not really like that?


                      When you are editing or viewing RGB in PS or ID you can use Overprint Preview or Proof Colors to see how unprintable RGB colors will convert to CMYK before you make the conversion. By default PS Proof Colors shows how the image will convert to the Color Setting's current Working CMYK space and its Conversion Options (Intent, Black Point Compensation affect the conversion).


                      So you can edit the RGB file and bring it into gamut without commiting to a CMYK conversion. As Peter mentioned soft proofing only works if both the monitor  and CMYK profiles are accurate.


                      Color gamuts go both ways, 100% cyan is printable but not viewable. So there are some saturated CMYK blues that will display duller than they will print even with the correct monitor and CMYK profiles.

                      • 8. Re: RGB to CMYK
                        jerugalhelp Newcomer

                        So do you suggest I do

                        A- leave it RGB and let the printer just print and convert..


                        B-convert to CMYK and even if it looks diff, just hope for the best?

                        • 9. Re: RGB to CMYK
                          rob day Rockstar

                          If you are using the same CMYK profile as the printer the results will be the same. How far out is the image, can you post a screen capture?