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That doesn't do what the OP wants in AI 12 (CS2), Philip.
If you place an RGB image into a CMYK Illustrator document and select it, you'll see that all choices under that filter are grayed out.
The bigger questions here are 1) Why were RGB images placed into a CMYK document; and 2) Why can't the printer deal with it anyway?
The printer not being able to deal had occurred to me.
I place a RGB image into a CMYK doc (in cs2) they are not grayed out for me.
I have the following options available under the filter>colors menu:
Convert to CYMK
Conver to grayscale
With the blends grayed out and the convert to RGB also grayed.
Am I missing something?
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?
Please explain further if you can.
OK. Since you're familiar with DTP apps like Quark and InDesign, I'll assume you understand the difference between linking and embedding.
When you place an image in Illustrator (via File | Place), you are given the option to link or embed:
If you uncheck the box, you embed.
Even in documents in which you've linked to your images, you can always embed them using the button on the control palette:
Ok ok... so if I link the picture you cannot convert from RGB to CMYK unless you do that in Photoshop before hand correct? (because mine are all grayed out)
But if you embed the picture you click edit, colours, convert to CMYK and then everything in your document should be in CMYK?
Am I understanding this correctly? Sorry it's been a few years since I've used these programs and I do appreciate the help you are providing me!
>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.