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CMYK versus RGB

A lot of publishers believe that CMYK is the way to go when it comes to designing the perfect print-ready spread. Of course, CMYK-based ink is always used, but not all files have to be CMYK files. RBG images are great too, effective in optimizing the colors and save a lot of time in the process.

1. RGB Color Mode For Photoshop Images

Several designers will have to create and save all Photoshop images in RGB mode. All of the artwork too. Being a veteran in the industry, RHPG thinks that using this mode is better than CMYK for media-related work, including print and web.

RGB Colors (Red, green, blue) are actually full of light. The computer uses RGB and so does TV to create the range of colors. CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and key or black) are created by putting ink to the actual paper. Ink-on paper colors will never really bright enough or saturated enough to be presented on media or web not matter how much ink you add to the paper. The widest range of color is possible through RGB color mode. Mostly, you won’t even have

This is a 3D map. It has the RGB range from 1998, the sRGB color space and the common newspaper CMYK color space. The sRGB is obviously a smaller range. The RGB would result in much higher color, and CMYK would make the range of space much narrower. The CMYK would definitely not work with newspapers especially since there isn’t any white at all. It is more of a dirty brown if anything.

2. Be Specific About the Right Color Setting.

Adobe InDesign is already hard to use, imaging with the wrong information and color settings. Thankfully, Adobe has made it easy for us so we can choose the right settings, but only if we have the right information. This is where you begin to use Adobe Bridge. Do the following:

  • Choose Edit
  • Creative Suite Color Settings
  • Choose One of These:
    • North America Prepress
    • Europe Prepess
    • Japan Prepess
  • If the Region Isn’t Showing Then Select “Show Expanded List Of Color Settings Files”
  • Click Apply

This will be applied then to InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat. YOU WIN!

3. Forget About Photoshop EPS Files and Use PSD Files, Much Better Choice.

After the images or artwork has been saved in RGB color mode, then you can start designing. Do you think that you still need to keep a copy of your PSD files and save TIFF or EPS versions, to later import to InDesign? No, you don’t. You may be missing out on some valuable opportunities if you do that.

You know that InDesign loves the transparency effects in PSD files. When you import the PSD files, InDesign will honor the clipping paths too, the spot colors, the alpha channels, the duotone colors and the vector information. Do the following:

  • Select “Show Import Options”


  • Object, then Object Layer Options to access all layers.


Save time and use PSD wisely.

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