9 Replies Latest reply on Jul 11, 2014 3:45 AM by TᴀW

    Converting Images to CMYK for Print Publication

    Pam Bourdon

      When in my workflow should I be converting images to CMYK for print publication?


      Currently, I shoot RAW photographs with my DSLR in Adobe RGB, import the images into Photoshop for manipulation and then convert the final, sized image to CMYK before placing it in my Indesign document. Before going to print, I convert my files to PDF using the [PDF/X-1a:2001] preset. I use a calibrated system with a profile set for my monitor.


      Since many of my pictures have shades of green, I'm often disappointed with the conversion to CMYK because I lose saturation and brightness. Am I doing anything wrong? Is there a better way of preserving the quality of colour in my images when going to a commercial printer?