ID used BOTH at once since it supports both RGB and CMYK content.
Hi Peter, thanks for replying so quickly.
That explains why I couldn't tell which one was being applied!
So another noob question: how can I tell Indesign that the current document is being set up for RGB printing? Or should I not do this?
The deeper aspects of color management aside; to some extent you have to manage the intent as you build the document. If you want to send only RGB data to the printer, then build the document using only RGB colors. To analyze an existing document, you have the info, swatches, links, and preflight panels as potential sources of color space information.
Hi John, thanks for your message.
That makes sense, I will stop looking for an overall 'RGB' or 'CMYK' button. I've already got all the elements I need saved in both CMYK and RGB versions, so will continue just to build using the set that fits the proposed output for the document.
I've already got all the elements I need saved in both CMYK and RGB versions
InDesign doesn't have a document color space the way Illustrator and Photoshop do. A page can have a mix of RGB, CMYK, Lab, or Spot ink colors. When you export you can force all of the process color into either an RGB or CMYK destination color space, or you can leave different colored objects unchanged and profiled (PDF/X-4).
So in most cases there's no need to save both RGB and CMYK versions of placed art. A page with all CMYK objects could be converted to sRGB, or an all RGB page could be exported to GRAcol CMYK on export. In either case color will be forced into the destination color space and you have to be aware of color gamuts—100|0|0|0 cyan can't be displayed and 0|255|0 green can't be printed via CMYK.
@oxfordpurple – don't know, if it will only work in a German version of InDesign, but there is the colorScript.jsx script by Roland Dreger that can check for all color management settings already established in a given document AND where you can change policies for the document, for images (if possible), seeing an overview of CMYK, RGB, Grayscale etc.pp.
Here a movie where you can see how that is working (German UI):
Note: the script will check if you are running a language version different to German and will automatically apply English menu names and comments.
Download colorScript.jsx at: